Tal Cohen

Tal Cohen was born in Gedera in Israel. His musical roots are due to the Jewish folk songs he loved and the classical music he listened to in his youth. As a teenager, he moved to Perth and received a bachelor’s as well as a master’s degree in jazz performance from the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Cohen performed at the Melbourne Jazz Festival with Joe Lovano, a world-famous saxophonist. He was also selected to be a semi finalist in the Wangaratta Jazz Festival’s 2013 piano competition. This is Australia’s most well-known jazz competition. Tal Cohen won the Grand Prize in the Barry Harris National Jazz Piano Competition, Detroit, Michigan in 2014. He was accompanied by Robert Hurst and Nate Winn on the Main Stage at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival. Cohen recently graduated from University of Miami School of Music. He received a full scholarship as well as a teaching assistant-ship, while completing his Master’s degree under Martin Bejerano’s guidance. from www.miamidowntownjazzfestival.org

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