Liat Cohen - Classical guitarist




«Liat Cohen's guitar is to music what a beating heart is to life» M-A Roux, Le Monde
«Dazzling guitarist»
Paris Match
France 3
«Liat Cohen bends lovingly over her guitar from which she draws tears, storms and tenderness»
Crescendo Magazine

Liat Cohen gave her first recitals at the age of 14. Nicknamed the "princess of the classical guitar", her playing is inhabited, sensual, inventive and virtuoso. First Prize winner at the Paris Conservatoire, a graduate of the Schola Cantorum (Concert Diploma awarded unanimously with congratulations from the jury) and the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (Performance Diploma awarded unanimously), Liat Cohen is the first guitarist to win the Nadia Boulanger Fondation de France prize. She has also won numerous international competitions. Distinguished as one of the world's finest guitarists by Guitare Magazine and Classical Guitar, Liat Cohen performs on all five continents and collaborates with the greatest conductors and orchestras, including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Orch. National de Lorraine, Berne Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, Talich Chamber Orchestra, Prazak Quartet...

Liat Cohen performs on the greatest stages: Rudolphinum in Prague, Radio-France, Théâtre du Châtelet, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Théâtre Champs-Elysées, Cerclo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Palazzo Barberini in Rome, Salle Cortot, Théâtre National du Costa Rica, Opéra de Montpellier, Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Théâtre de Jérusalem... She has performed at numerous international festivals (Gstaad, Montpellier, Israel Festival, Buenos Aires Guitarras del mundo, London, Melilla, Cordoba, Cap Ferret...). A muse and a musician, she explores and transcends her repertoire. Her projects include transcriptions for guitar of works by J.S. Bach, which she recorded at the Abbaye du Mont St-Michel while she was artist in residence. These transcriptions are featured on the album Liat Cohen joue Bach. Liat's magnetic on-stage temperament, her noble, lyrical sound and her mastery of the instrument have been a source of inspiration for many composers. The author of numerous concertos and works for solo guitar, she recorded some of this work on the CD "Concertos" released by Warner Classics. In the same year, she also recorded the double album "Virtuosi" with the Talich Quartet for Warner Classics.

Her concerts with the Prazak Quartet and the Talich Chamber Orchestra have been recorded by Mezzo TV; the DVD "Une guitare à Prague" won the Opus d'Or prize. In 2014, Liat Cohen created an unusual voyage to the heart of Brazilian classical music: Rio-Paris (Warner Classics). The luxury crew includes Natalie Dessay, Agnès Jaoui and Helena Noguerra. The quartet of performers share a fascination for Latin music. They distil their instrumental and vocal talents through the finest works of the Brazilian repertoire and original compositions based on poems by Victor Hugo. It reaches rare heights for a classical guitar album. First place in all categories and number one in the classical charts for several months. Extensive media coverage in Michel Drucker's 'Vivement Dimanche', 'Thé ou Café', 'C'est à vous', Radio Classique and France Culture; praise from the press in Le Monde, Le Parisien, Libération and Le Figaro, as well as reports and interviews on France 2, France 3, TF1, BFM TV and France Ô. Concerts at the Rouen, Marseille, Reims, Limoges, Paris, Metz, Clermont-Ferrand, St Etienne opera houses and the Olympia in Paris. Among her many concerts, Liat has been invited to perform with the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Limoges in a duet with Richard Galliano, with the Orchestre National de Lorraine, at the Arsenal in Metz and at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. In her recent album "Madrid-Paris", released by Warner Classics, she is surrounded by the stars of the world of music.