Soprano saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Yuval Cohen, has developed his own unique sound and melodic approach to composition and improvisation.
Lee Konitz, Lew Soloff, Arnie Lawrence, Reggie Workman, Anat Cohen - Avishai Cohen (3 Cohens), Omer Avital, Eric Harland, Aaron Goldberg, Jason Lindner, Matt Penman, Greg Hutchinson, Aaron Parks, Jonathan Blake, Garry Versace, Gilad Hekselman, Shai Maestro – All just a few of the wonderful world renowned figures with whom Yuval has played with.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel (1973), Yuval has studied music at the Tel Aviv Conservatory, at the School of Arts, and at the “Thelma Yellin” High School for the Arts. During his studies he was selected to perform the Glazonov Concerto for alto saxophone and string orchestra, and toured Europe and Israel as a soloist.
As a young student Yuval was awarded scholarships from the Israel-American cultural foundations between the years 1987-1996.
During the years 1991-1994 Yuval served as a soloist, leading alto saxophone, arranger and co-conductor at the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra.
In 1996 Yuval Graduated Berklee College of Music (Summa Cum Laude). While at Berklee, Yuval was awarded the college prizes for outstanding achievements and the woodwind department award. His compositions were chosen to represent the college in the prestigious journal Jazziz.
In 1997 Yuval received a full scholarship for a masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music.
Yuval’s debut CD, Freedom, received excellent critics, and is being regularly played on the Israeli radio channels.
His family band, the 3 Cohens, has 2 albums, and is playing regularly in the US, Europe, South America and Israel (www.3cohens.com)
In June 2010 Yuval's second album, "Song Without Words", was released (Anzic Records). This new album, a duo with pianist Shai Maestro, received outstanding critics, and is considered one of the best jazz albums in Israel.
In July 2010 Yuval received his Masters in Composition (M.Mus) from the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem.
In October 2010 Yuval won the prestigious Landau prize in the category of Jazz performance!
Yuval is a teacher at the Rubin academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem, at the Rimon school for Jazz and contemporary music, at the Thelma Yellin high school of the arts, and at the Tel Aviv Music Conservatory (Collaborating with The New School, NYC).