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Cohen, Michael

Michael Cohen, born in New York City, has a diverse and expansive career as a composer. His many compositions include works for chamber ensemble, musical theatre, opera and television. He is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art, and a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, having studied composition with Harold Shapiro and Irving Fine.

A finalist in the New York City Opera competition, Mr. Cohen's "Rappacinni's Daughter" was developed at the O'Neill Center and performed by the Minnesota Opera. He also wrote the music for YOURS, ANNE, based on The Diary of Anne Frank, which has been performed in many U.S. cities, as well as in England and Japan.

He was music director and wrote material for the fabled reviews at Upstairs at the Downstairs and New Faces, as well as special songs for Madeline Kahn and Andrea Marcovicci. In 1997, Ms. Marcovicci with the American Symphony Orchestra, performed I AM ANNE FRANK, a new concert version of material from YOURS, ANNE at Lincoln Center.

Mr. Cohen also composed two comissioned works: "I Remember", which was based on the score for YOURS, ANNE  and premiered at the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington, D,C., and "To Be A Child", which premiered at the Copland Heritage Society.

Mr. Cohen's extensive theatrical career encompasses being Assistant Musical Director on Broadway for RED, WHITE AND MADDOX, Musical Director at Theatre Atlanta and Clinton Playhouse, Connecticut, Dance Composer at Tamiment Playhouse, and songs for "Albion Hope", a TV animation, and Conductor of the national company of THE FANTASTICKS.

Along with ASCAP honors and awards, Mr. Cohen has written the music for many CLIO award-winning commercials, and is currently the Senior Vice President, Director of Music at Grey Advertising in New York City.