JAMES COHN (b 1928 )
James Cohn was born in 1928 in Newark, New Jersey, and took violin and piano lessons there. Later he studied composition with Roy Harris, Wayne Barlow and Bernard Wagenaar, and majored in Composition at the Juilliard School, graduating in 1950. He has lived and worked for many years in New York City. He was initiated into Sigma Alpha Iota (International Music Fraternity) as a National Arts Associate in 1998, by the Tulsa Oklahoma Alumnae Chapter and is now a member of the New York Alumnae Chapter.
Cohn has written solo, chamber, choral and orchestral works, and his catalog includes three string quartets, five piano sonatas and eight symphonies. Some have won awards, including a Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Prize for his Symphony No. 2 and an A.I.D.E.M. prize for his Symphony No. 4 (given its première in Florence at the Maggio Musicale).