2017 Festival Orchestra: Gregory Cohen

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Gregory Cohen, percussion

Gregory Cohen joined the San Diego Symphony Orchestra as Principal Percussionist in October 2008 after serving as acting principal for the previous season. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Cohen received his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Boston University and his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, also in percussion performance. Prior to his work with the SDSO, Mr. Cohen was privileged to work and train at several music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute. 

Mr. Cohen has performed with such notable orchestras as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the LA Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony. He has travelled across the Atlantic to perform in renowned halls such as the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. Mr. Cohen has performed all of over the United States, including Carnegie Hall. 

In addition to his work at the SDSO, Mr. Cohen became a lecturer at San Diego State University where he also directs the school’s percussion ensemble, and has recorded on Telarc, Reference Recordings, Albany Records and Mode Records labels.

In his spare time, Greg enjoys cooking new recipes with his wife, Courtney, and sailing the fine waters of San Diego Bay.