Josh Cohen, Baroque trumpet

Josh Cohen, Baroque Trumpet

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, baroque trumpeter Josh Cohen is greatly sought after by many leading early music ensembles throughout North America.

For the past seven seasons, Josh has been principal baroque trumpet with the Washington Bach Consort. He has also performed as principal and solo baroque trumpet for ensembles such as Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal, Arion (Montreal), Bach Sinfonia (Washington D.C.), Aston Magna (Boston) Musica Maris (Rhode Island), Houston Bach Society, Ensemble Telemann (Montreal), and participated in festivals such as the Indiana Festival of Early Music, International Festival of Baroque Music at Lameque (N.B. Canada) and the Bach Festival of Montreal. Mr Cohen has recorded some of the most famous and demanding works for baroque trumpet.

Most recently, Josh recorded J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 with Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice. He can be heard in the Washington Bach Consort’s recording of J.S. Bach’s Cantata no. 51 with soprano Elizabeth Futral. Two recordings Mr. Cohen participated in with prominent Canadian ensembles were both nominated for the 2009 Juno awards: “Let the Bright Seraphim” with soprano Karina Gauvin and Tempo Rubato and his recording of Vivaldi’s Gloria with Ensemble Caprice, the latter of which won the Juno award for Best Album of the Year in the vocal category.

For the last several seasons, Mr. Cohen has been the solo baroque trumpeter for performances of Handel’s Messiah at the both the National Cathedral under the direction of Micheal McCarthy, as well as the Handel Choir of Baltimore under the direction of Melinda O’Neal. This season Josh performed this annual masterpiece once again at the Cathedral, as well as with Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), the Trinity Choir (New York), and the Dallas Bach Society.

In the fall of 2013, Josh will toured the United States with Apollo’s Fire under the direction of Jeanette Sorrell performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2. Mr. Cohen received a M.M. from McGill University and a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music.


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