ChamberFest Cleveland

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ChamberFest Cleveland is performing Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:30 p.m.

Ensemble Info

Launched in 2012 by Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen and daughter Diana Cohen, concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, ChamberFest Cleveland burst onto the scene with a Big Bang! Steeped in a lifetime of participation in music festivals, the Cohens dreamt of bringing a world-class chamber music festival to the Cleveland community. ChamberFest Cleveland is now the region’s only such festival, creating thematic programming for unique chamber music experiences in a variety of venues around town. Prelude & Postlude events are structured around each concert to deepen your experience while fostering audience engagement opportunities.


To nurture a deep family-like connection between musicians and audiences of all ages.

Artistic Director
  • Diana Cohen, Executive and Co-artistic Director
Spotlight Artist


Franklin Cohen, Franklin Cohen has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding clarinetists of his generation. His playing has been described as “hypnotic, impeccable, brilliant… with a vocal quality that would be the envy of any singer.” Cohen first gained international recognition and acclaim as the first clarinetist awarded First Prize at the 1968 (ARD) Munich International Music Competition. Since then, Mr. Cohen has enjoyed an illustrious career as soloist, recitalist, recording and chamber artist, pedagogue and celebrated orchestral principal. In 2012, Cohen co-founded ChamberFest Cleveland with his daughter Diana Cohen, concertmaster of The Calgary Philharmonic.  The vibrant summer chamber music festival is approaching it's eighth season and received high accolades from critics and audience members alike.