January 4, 2001

He has the control to build long phrases of noble melody, and his runs are executed with immaculate precision, by fingers of absolutely equal force.
--The New York Times

Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen shares his interpretations of several classics Jan. 19 at Middlebury College

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.--Hailed as a modern-day virtuoso, pianist Arnaldo Cohen promises to share his style and flair at a Vermont performance Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall at Middlebury College's Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30).

Cohen's selections for the evening include Busoni's arrangement of the Bach D Minor Chaconne, the four Ballades by Chopin, and Johannes Brahms.

Born and educated in Brazil, Cohen has been a musician since age five. He holds degrees in piano and violin from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and trained under Bruno Seidlhofer and Dieter Weber in Vienna. Cohen built his career in Europe, playing the major concert halls. In addition to solo performances, he hasappeared with a host of orchestras and symphonies under the direction of conductors such as Kurt Masur, Klaus Tennstedt, and Yehudi Menuhin. He's also played with members of smaller ensembles including the Lindsay, Orlando, and Vanbrugh quartets. His recordings include a critically acclaimed collection of works by Liszt.

Cohen, who lives in London, is a fellow to the Broadwood Trust for piano studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

Although a prominent force in the European music world, Cohen's talent has been showcased only relatively recently in the United States. He debuted in New York in the fall of 1997 to quite flattering reviews. The New York Times found him "serious-minded" but "quite openly witty" calling him a "big pianist" with a sound that is "splendid and full."

Cohen's performance is sponsored by the Middlebury College Concert Series. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for theArts. For tickets or dinner reservations, call the College box office 802-443-6433.

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