a sumptuous sound, with conductor Jacques Cohen highly sensitive to the music’s ebb and flow
Vidit Lucem Magnum is a stunner... Cohen's fearless Oxford Camerata sing with a confidence and flair.. a cracking collection
Graham Rickson, TheArtsDesk.com
Cohen's timing and control is excellent
Agnes Kory, musicalcriticism.com
A performance to delight the most demanding of critics
What a pleasure it was to share a platform with you. Thank you for a lovely concert. Clearly the orchestra and audience adore you!
Dame Evelyn Glennie
Thank you so much for such a beautiful performance
An absolutely glorious performance and a unique occasion.
International Bruckner Society Journal
Concertino by Jaques Cohen was a thrilling and articulate showcase.. a very distinct voice.
Julia Savage, Bachtrack
The undoubted highlight was a brilliantly performed premiere of Cohen's own impressive Yigdal
Joanne Talbot, The Strad
New Album Release – 23 February 2024
“It is testament to Cohen’s skilful writing that, in spite of the small forces, the opera exudes such power and palpable tension.”Opera Now magazine 2024 (Robert Simmons)
Meridian release a new album featuring Jacques Cohen’s haunting operatic monodrama The Lady of Satis House, inspired by the story of Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Written for Tête à Tête in 2012, it was Mark Pappenheim’s ‘opera pick of the week’ ( The Independent).
The album also includes two pieces for string quartet: When the Bough Breaks (a set of three eerie lullabies) and the tone poem From Behind Glass, a fantasy about a quartet of Stradivarius instruments trapped in glass cabinets.
Forthcoming ConcertsRoyal College of Music Junior Department Symphony Orchestra
16 March 2024, Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall, London
Cohen Ensemble with Lloyds Choir
21 March 2024, St Katharine Cree Church, London
His compositions, published by Norsk Musikforlag have been commissioned and performed internationally by Kremerata Baltica, Sofia Soloists, Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Onyx Brass, Fitzwilliam String Quartet among many others. His string orchestra arrangements of such works as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition are fast becoming staples of the repertoire.
Premiere of Creation
- Jacques Cohen’s Creation was premiered at St. Giles’ Church Cripplegate, Barbican London in 2023.
- A setting for orchestra, alto soloist, mixed choir and children’s voices of biblical texts interspersed with modern verse that concern Mankind’s threat to himself and the planet.
- Participants included Mae Heydorn (alto solo), Lloyd’s Choir, The Finchley Children’s Music Group and an enlarged Cohen Ensemble.
- Jacques discusses the piece and his work as a composer and conductor in the recent edition of Three In A Bar podcast with Seb Philpott and Verity Simmons