Judith Cohen, pianist
“Cohen played with sureness and ease, well-judged tempos and a wide range of expressive touch.......We have many fine pianists in Portland, but I wound up wishing we could steal one from up north.”
—Jeff Winslow, Oregon
March 22, 2014.
“The live music — especially pianist Judith Cohen, tapping into both the jaunty and shadowy sides of Schulhoff's jazz-tinged scores — is another big draw”
—Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer
October 26, 2012.
“Ms. Sieden and pianist Judith Cohen were in exceptional form and precision in the intimate Hidden Valley Theater”
—Hugh Jardin, November 4, 2011.
Bartok CD Review in American Record Guide by Brent Auerbach
...Cohen projects the gruff tone of I with heavy attacks in the bass, but makes music with them by projecting a subtle, curving line of intensity.
Prokofiev CD Review in Fanfare by Jerry Dubins
...In my opinion, Béroff has a special affinity for Prokofiev, and the 30-year-old recording has held up well, but Judith Cohen on the present disc is equally adept in these cryptic pieces, finding more in them than just their bitter acrimony.
In Tandem CD Review in Fanfare by Peter Burwasser
...What a brilliant work this is, a real masterpiece of the duo-piano repertoire that deserves more exposure.
Worth the Drive: The Steinway Series in Bellevue
“The majestic rising of the submerged cathedral, made brilliant in the splendid radiance of the day, thundered in Cohen's hands. Musical tone poems such as this require narrative sensitivity on the part of the musician and Cohen's telling was eloquent.”
—Sean Owen, Seattlest, November 23rd, 2008.
...Other than her piano teachers, two figures influenced her development as an artist: Daniel Pollack and Aldo Ciccolini. —Radu A. Lelutiu, January/February 2012 issue.
In Tandem CD Review By Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Timesmusic critic:
...Seattle duo pianists Cohen and Timmons, ...capture a great sense of wit and effervescence, as well as remarkable unity. Full Review
American Sonatas CD Review By Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times music critic:
...These are not works you encounter every day, and it's well worth going out of your way to hear such good performances...
"[Judith Cohen has] all the qualifications for a career—temperament, musical sensitivity, and the ability to project these to an audience."
—Daniel Pollack, Professor of Piano, USC
Judith Cohen topped the Pacific International Piano Competition in 1984; and on this attractive Bartok collection—in which some of his most popular piano music rubs up against less standard fare—she shows herself to be a persuasive advocate for his gentler side...her light, treble-tilted tone and her transparent textures show her chosen repertoire off to good advantage. Her deft swing through the Romanian Folk Dances is especially refreshing."
"Ms. Cohen's playing shows a great deal of sensitivity to the variety of colors that are possible on the piano... In her capable hands, the dissonant harmonies of modern music seem to offer new possibilities in tonal coloring... Ms. Cohen's playing was bold, fluid and strong throughout..."
—The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, MA (1989)
"...one of the five best pianists I have heard within the last fifteen years...Miss Cohen is a born virtuoso, has temperament andwonderful professional control—a rare combination nowadays."
—Dr. Bela Nagy, Professor of Piano, Boston University, Catholic University of America
"...Ms. Cohen's playing displays a superb finger technique that is always logical. Her lines have great coherence, proper musical feelilng and a beautiful tonal balance. The Music of this pianist is never distorted for the sake of extra showmanship or personal whim...everything is clear and flawless."
—Richard Faith, Pianists Foundation of America
"Judith Cohen's passion for Bartok was demonstrated with her explosive, ruminating, romantic, and exciting interpretation of the Six Romanian Dances... The audience rewarded Cohen's clear and authoritative playing with enthusiastic applause... a fitting finish to an enchanting and remarkable performance by a memorable artist."
—The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, MA (1996)
"With sensitive touch and musicianship, pianist Judith Cohen interpreted three examples of Domencico Scarlatti's brief piano sonatas, making them as logical and charming on the modern instrument as they are on the old."
—Eastsideweek, Bellevue, WA
Tone Poems CD Review By Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times music critic
Seattle duo pianists Cohen and Timmons ... capture a great sense of wit and effervescence, as well as remarkable unity, in this fetching CD of Mozart, Copland ("Rodeo"), Gershwin ("Porgy and Bess" Fantasy) and more...