On Tuesday, October 8th, Arnaldo Cohen will open our 2013-2014 piano series. He made his Toronto debut on our stage in 2007 and we last heard him in the Jane Mallett Theatre in 2009. I enjoyed meeting him in 2009 and I’m looking forward to hearing him play again!
He has had a busy few years since we last heard him. In addition to performing, he was married in March 2012, became a grandfather, and was appointed Artistic Director of Portland Piano International in October 2012. He takes over from Harold Gray who retired at the end of last season. PPI showcases talented international solo pianists and Cohen’s 2013-2014 season looks great and is already selling out.
Arnaldo Cohen has been involved in the world of music since the age of 5, beginning with his studies in violin and piano. Born in Brazil, he studied both violin and piano, graduating with honors in both. At the same time, he was studying engineering. He taught physics and math. And became a professional violinist with the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Orchestra while continuing his piano studies. As a pianist, he has played around the world both as a soloist and with several orchestras.
One last fun fact taken from his PPI bio page (http://portlandpiano.org/artistic-director/), he has also written Brazilian TV scripts and a movie screenplay! Such a diverse range of talents!