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Franklin Cohen, Diana Cohen, & Roman Rabinovich

August 17, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani for violin and piano
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sonata “Arpeggionie” for clarinet and piano in A minor
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
Dolly Suite for piano four hands, Op.56
I. Berceuse
II. Mi-a-ow
III. De Jardin de Dolly
IV. Kitty – Valse
V. Tendresse
VI. Je pas Espagnole
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Marchenerzahlungen (“Fairy Tales”) Op. 132
I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
II. Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem ausdruck
Max Bruch (1838-1920)
Allegro con moto (from Eight Pieces, Op. 83, No. 2)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
L’Histoire du Soldat for violin, clarinet and piano
I. The Soldier’s March
II. The Soldier’s Violin
III. A Little Concert
IV. Tango – Waltz – Ragtime
V. The Devil’s Dance


Admission to the Summer concerts for adults are $35 ($30 with Island Club Card). Students attend all concerts for FREE. Entrance/admission fee payable at the door on the day of the Concert (cash or check only). For credit card purchases on line:


Franklin Cohen, clarinet

Franklin Cohen

Principal Clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976, Franklin Cohen has distinguished himself as one of the outstanding clarinetists of his generation. His playing has been described as “hypnotic, impeccable, brilliant… with a vocal quality that would be the envy of any singer.” He first gained international recognition and acclaim when, at the age of 22, he became the first clarinetist awarded First Prize at the International Munich Competition (the other first prize that year went to soprano Jessye Norman). Since then, Mr. Cohen has enjoyed an illustrious career as soloist, recitalist, recording and chamber artist, pedagogue and orchestral principal.

Since his first solo appearance with The Cleveland Orchestra in 1977, Mr. Cohen has been featured as soloist in nearly 200 performances — at Severance Hall, Carnegie Hall, Blossom Music Center, and on tour throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. In 1992, he recorded the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnányi for Decca Records. Mr. Cohen is also the soloist in Debussy’s First Rhapsody on a Deutsche Grammophon recording conducted by Pierre Boulez that won two Grammy Awards in 1996, and on a Decca recording of the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy.

With his daughter, violinist Diana Cohen, Franklin Cohen is the co-artistic director of the critically acclaimed ChamberFest Cleveland, the first international summer chamber music festival in Cleveland, which presented its inaugural season in 2012. ChamberFest’s huge success has led to an expanded vision for growth locally and internationally.

Mr. Cohen’s professional music career was launched when Leopold Stokowski chose him as principal clarinet of the American Symphony Orchestra.

As a recitalist and chamber artist, Mr. Cohen has participated in the Aspen, Blossom, Casals, Marlboro, Santa Fe, and Sarasota music festivals. He has also been a featured artist with many of the world’s leading chamber groups, including the Emerson, Guarneri, Takács, Tokyo, Miro, Miami, Orion, Shostakovich, Cavani and Ysaÿe string quartets and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In addition, Mr. Cohen has collaborated with leading artists including Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jessye Norman, Menahem Pressler and Heidi Grant Murphy, among many others. Mr. Cohen has given countless master classes and seminars at prestigious universities and conservatories throughout the world. His former students hold principal positions in major orchestras in North America, Europe, Mexico and Asia.

A passionate advocate of music education, Mr. Cohen founded and funded “The Concert Club”, introducing young musicians to world class artists and performances at Severance Hall.

Mr. Cohen’s children are both members of the Calgary Philharmonic, Diana serves as concertmaster and Alexander is the principal timpanist.

Diana Cohen, violin

Diana Cohen

Praised for her “incredible flair, maturity and insight,” violinist Diana Cohen was appointed concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony in 2007. She has also appeared as soloist and served as concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Red {an orchestra}, and Iris Orchestra, and as guest concertmaster with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony. She has also been soloist with the Hilton Head and Valdosta Symphonies, among others. Currently dividing her time between chamber music, solo performances, and orchestral work, Diana performs regularly in concerts in New York and across the globe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The International Sejong Soloists, The Knights, and as a substitute at the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Cohen was concertmaster of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, principal second of the New York String Orchestra, and has been rotating principal of the Iris Orchestra since its inaugural season.

Roman Rabinovich, piano

Roman Rabinovich

Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Roman was already praised by critics for the Òvivacity and virtuosityÓ and Òthe impeccable clarity of executionÓ and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as LeipzigÕs Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall, Lucerne and Davos Fesivals in Switzerland, CarnegieÕs Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg, as well as Jordan Hall in New England Conservatory, Kauffman CenterÕs Merkin Hall in New York, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Salle Cortot and Les Invalides in Paris and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

In 2014-15 Mr Rabinovich is scheduled to perform at the “Andras Schiff selects” series and will include recitals in Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Berlin and New York. In December 2013 Mr. Rabinovich has returned to Wigmore Hall with a solo recital, as part of an European tour which also included recitals in Switzerland, Scotland, and Serbia. In spring 2014 Mr. Rabinovich has toured with the Haifa Orchestra throughout the United States, performing as soloist in 28 cities. The tour included four concertos: TchaikovksyÕs Piano Concerto No. 1, RachmaninovÕs Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3, and BeethovenÕs Piano Concerto No. 3. Most recently, in early 2013, Orchid Classics released Mr. RabinovichÕs debut recording: ÒBallets RussesÓ: Ravel/Rabinovich Daphnis & Chloe, Stravinsky Petrushka; and Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, all arranged for piano solo. Mr. Rabinovich was honored with the Classical Recording Foundation Artist of the Year award for his new CD, which was also given a four-star review by BBC Music Magazine, who had this to say: ÒThis is clearly a labour of love.Rabinovich’s stylish line drawings adorn the booklet, and the enthusiasm of his joyful playing is infectious. There is plenty of dazzling passagework to savor, with the “Dance Russe” zinging along merrily. It is the broad palette of colours that is most impressive, especially in the more poetic moments, such as the closing pages of “Romeo and Juliet before parting” (August 2013)

In addition to winning the top prize and four additional awards, including the prestigious Mezzo Award, best classical concerto, best young Israeli competitor and best performance of an Israeli piece awards at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel in 2008, Roman has won first prize at the Animato Piano Competitions in Paris in 2007, the Rafi Gouralnik prize and the Meira Gera audience prizes at the Aviv Competition in Israel in 2008, as well as Salon Virtuosi award in 2009 and ÒVendome VirtuosiÓ prize in 2006.

At age 10 he made his Israel Philharmonic Orchestra debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and performed with that orchestra and Maestro Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. Since then his expensive concerto appearances included most of Israeli orchestras (including Israel Philharmonic, Israel Symphony of Rishon-Lizion, Israel Chamber, Jerusalem Symphony, Camerata Jerusalem, Haifa, Raanana Symphony orchestras), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), Ann Arbor Symphony (MI), Riverside Philharmonic (CA), Dohn‡nyi Orchestra (Budapest), Delaware symphony (DE), Ashland Symphony (OH), Lubbock Symphony (TX) Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland). In addition to Maestro Mehta, Roman has worked with such conductors as JoAnn Falletta, Joseph Swensen, David Amado, Yoav Talmi, Noam Sheriff, Uri Segal, Arie Lipsky, Jan Schultz, Tomasz Golka, Avner Biron.

In recent seasons Mr. Rabinovich performed Shostakovich 1st concerto with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Joseph Swensen, Prokofiev 5th concerto with Riverside Philharmonic, Rachmaninov 3rd concerto and Brahms 1st concerto with Ann Arbor Symphony, Prokofiev 3rd concerto with Lubbock Symphony, Mozart concerti K 488 and K 595 with Kamerata Jerusalem at the orchestraÕs tour in Italy, as well as Tchaikovsky 1st concerto and Benjamin Yusupov’s Piano Concerto in Israel. Recital appearances include Carnegie’s Zankel Hall (commemorating 30th anniversary of Arthur Rubinstein’s death), the Portland Piano International, Phillips Collection in DC and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, as well as return engagements at the Rubinstein Piano Festival in Lodz, Poland and chamber music in Vienna’s Mesikverein, the Menton Music Festival and LudwigsburgerÊSchlossfestspie.

In April 2009 as part of his prize at the Rubinstein competition Mr Rabinovich played a recital for the Mezzo channel in France which was televised to 39 countries. In May 2008 Roman replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv. Mr Rabinovich, “whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age” (San Francisco Classical Voice) is also an avid chamber musician and his collaborators has included violinists Daniel Hope, Miriam Fried, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, the Atrium string quartet and the piano quartet ÒFourtissimoÓ with Ran Dank, Soyeon Lee and Vassilis Varvaresos with whom Mr. Rabinovich appeared at CarnegieÕs Zankel in October 2010. In spring of 2010 Mr Rabinovich was invited by Miriam Fried to join her at the Steans InstituteÕs Ravinia Tour. Mr Rabinovich was also part of the residency program at Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, performing Beethoven’s complete cello/piano sonatas and variations with Alice Yoo.

Mr. Rabinovich is teaching and playing at the newly founded arts center U-Hac, and appears with the U-Hac chamber players. Mr Rabinovich has received financial support from Zfunot Tarbut, Ronen and Rich Foundations, as well as scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation from 1996 to 2004.

Mr. Rabinovich is a Steinway & Sons artist. Mr. Rabinovich, born in 1985 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, began his piano studies at the age of six with his mother, Mira. In 1994, he and his parents immigrated to Israel where he studied with Irena Vishnevitsky and later with professor Arieh Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin got his Masters Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald.

Mr. Rabinovich also excels as a gifted artist. He often combines his concerts with exhibitions of his paintings. Besides traditional painting Mr Rabinovich draws on his IPad. His artwork can be viewed on his website at www.romanrabinovich.net

Delores Stevens, piano

Delores Stevens

A pianist whose professional career has shined with many facets, Delores Stevens achieved early success by winning the coveted Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena California and recently she received the “Living Legacy Award” from the Young Musician’s Foundation in ceremonies at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. As a member of the acclaimed Montagnana Trio, she gave more than 500 concerts throughout Europe and North America. Delores Stevens has received many accolades for her inspired performances of contemporary music. For example, a Los Angeles Times music critic described her collaboration with violinist Paul Zukovsky as “…the definitive performance.” And Newsweek’s Alan Rich wrote, “She tamed (this) energetic, unruly, immensely challenging music with splendid technique… All of her program demonstrated her special mastery.” At home on the international concert stage, Delores Stevens toured Japan twice in the 90’s; one of which was under the auspices of the US State Department and recently she has performed in Australia and South America. She has recorded for 16 different record labels in all genres of music from Hindemith to Mozart, and her solo piano CD recording Pilgrimage is available on the Dominguez Digital label. Always a tireless champion of new music, she has commissioned and premiered works by more than two dozen composers and has been winner of the prestigious Performer Award from the National Association of Composers. In addition, in 1988 she was awarded a 6-year Touring Solo Artist Grant from the California Arts Council. Delores Stevens has served six terms as governor and trustee of the “Grammy” sponsor Recording Academy in Los Angeles and has been Director of the Chamber Music Program for the Young Musician’s Foundation for the last two decades. (She has served MVCMS as Artistic Director since its inception 45 years ago)


August 17, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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