Steve Cohen received his training at the Manhattan, Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music, and has composed a large catalog of symphonic, chamber, liturgical and musical-theater pieces.
Cohen’s choral music has been performed by the Zamir Chorale, Kol Zimrah (Chicago), the Zemel Choir of London and the Gregg Smith Singers, and is heard regularly at Congregation Emanu-El of New York City and the North American Jewish Choral Festival.
Honors for Cohen’s music include the 2004 Composer’s Award given jointly by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Museum in the Community (for the orchestral piece Juggernaut), first and second prizes in the 2006 Susan Galloway Sacred Song Award contest (for Psalm 84 and Psalm 121), the 2007 New York Treble Singers Composition Award (for Hashkiveinu), 2006 and 2008 Shalshelet Festival Awards (for Hashkiveinu and Y’did Nefesh) and the 2008 Aeros Prize (Wind Quintet).
As an arranger and orchestrator, Steve Cohen has supplied scores for the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, New York Pops Orchestra, the New York Choral Society, Radio City Music Hall, Maureen McGovern, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the American Ballet Theater, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Goldman Memorial Band, the Synergy String Quartet, Edwin F. Kalmus Publishers, and the PanAmericana Latin jazz band. Steve Cohen has done orchestrations for many musicals, including Kiki Baby (Grant Sturiale, co-orchestrator with Michael Starobin; New York Musicals Festival, NYC 2011), Langston in Harlem (Walter Marks; Urban Stages, NYC 2010), Behind the Limelight, (Christopher Curtis; New York Stage and Film Festival, Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 2005) The Visit (Kander & Ebb, assisting Michael Gibson; Goodman Theater, Chicago, IL, 2001), Spittin’ Image (Stephen Weiner; Forum Theater, Metuchen, NJ 1994), and touring companies of Porgy and Bess, Crazy For You, Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden and Beauty and the Beast.