Promising young violinist Hannah Lynn Cohen has been collaborating with and studying under master teachers on a national and global scale for over fifteen years. Ms. Cohen began her violin studies at the age of four and at the age of seven, she fell under the guidance of the late violinist and maestro Joseph Silverstein. Mr. Silverstein mentored Ms. Cohen until his death in 2015. During this time, Ms. Cohen made her orchestral debut performing Lalo Symphonie Espagnole with the Holyoke Civic Symphony Orchestra.
When Ms. Cohen was eight years old, Mr. Silverstein introduced her to the late violinist Betty Jean Hagen whom she studied under for seven years. Ms. Hagen sparked Ms. Cohen’s love of chamber music, a passion which she has since taken to festivals all over the United States and Europe. Leading up to her undergraduate studies, Ms. Cohen studied with violin Professor Wendy Sharp from the Yale University School of Music. In 2015, Ms Cohen began her collegiate studies with Professor Peter Zazofsky at the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music. In May 2019, Ms Cohen graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. During her time at Boston University, Ms. Cohen had the opportunity to be coached in chamber groups by Muir Quartet violist and Boston Symphony principal Steve Ansell and Arneis Quartet violinist Heather Braun. Furthermore, she has been conducted under the baton of Maestro Bramwell Tovey and Maestro Ken David Masur as a member of the Boston University Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her undergraduate studies with Professor Zazofsky, Ms. Cohen had the privilege to travel to London, England and attend the Royal College of Music for a semester. While in London, Ms. Cohen studied with Professor Jan Repko and took additional lessons with Professor Natalia Lomeiko. While at the Royal College of Music, Ms. Cohen partook in a chamber music ensemble which was coached by all four members of the Harlem Quartet. Additionally, Ms. Cohen was a part of three different orchestral projects and was conducted by Maestros Martin Andre and Michael Rosewell.
During her summers, Ms. Cohen has attended numerous chamber music festivals including California Summer Music Festival in Sonoma California, the Tanglewood Violin Workshop in Lenox, Massachusetts, Catskill High Peaks Music Festival in Rensselaerville, New York, National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, and MusicAlp International Academy of Music in Tignes, France. While attending these festivals Ms. Cohen had the experience of playing in master classes led by violinists Daniel Philips, Bayla Keyes, Irina Muresanu, Robin Sharp, and Klaudia Szlachta. During the summer of 2013, Ms. Cohen had the unique experience of touring China and South Korea with the Empire State Youth Orchestra and performing at the 2013 World EXPO in Yeosu, South Korea.
Ms. Cohen was the recipient of the Daniel Pearl Music Scholarship in 2015 as well as a continued annual recipient of the Willem Willeke Memorial Music Scholarship since 2015. In May, 2015, Ms. Cohen won the Holyoke Civic Symphony Concerto Competition and had the honor of performing Lalo Symphonie Espagnole with the orchestra in their season finale concert.
During the summer of 2012 Ms. Cohen had the opportunity to work intimately with composer Stephen Feigenbaum for the world premier of his octet “Fake Out.” Additionally, Ms. Cohen and her trio were coached by composer Eric Ewazen to perform his Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in a benefit concert to support the Lupus Foundation of America in 2013.
In 2015, Ms. Cohen developed a relationship with El Sistema USA – a program bringing a free music education to at risk children in low income communities all over the United States. Since then, Ms Cohen has repeatedly helped at a summer workshop with Empire State Youth Orchestra CHIME – a branch of El Sistema – at the Catskill High Peaks Music Festival.
Ms. Cohen currently resides in New York City where she is pursuing a Master of Music in Violin Performance at New York University Steinhardt School with Kurt Nikkanen, while simultaneously holding the position of adjunct teacher of violin studies for non music majors at NYU.