Warren Cohen has been the Artistic Director of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra since 2013. He is also Music Director of the MusicaNova Orchestra in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2012 he became Concert Artist in Conducting at Kean University. He has previously served as Music Director of the Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra, the Fine Arts String Orchestra, and the Southern Arizona Orchestra, where he was appointed Music Director Laureate upon his resignation.
Conductor, Symphony Orchestra
Mr. Cohen began his musical career as a pianist and composer, and his early positions included a stint as a ballet accompanist for the Honolulu City Ballet and as Music Director of the Kumu Kahua Theatre group in Hawaii, for whom he also wrote the music for a Cantata for Theatre on the life of Princess Kai’ulani. His work in Theatre and Opera led to his becoming a conductor; his earliest assignments were for obscure works that more established conductors did not want to bother to learn, but he soon developed a large repertoire that included many standard works. Within a few years he was also working as an Orchestral and Choral conductor. As a result, over the past fifteen years he has conducted almost a thousand orchestral, operatic and choral works. He studied conducting with, among others, Gustav Meier and Paul Vermel, and did a year of study at the English National Opera during the last year of the administration of the “power trio” years when the company was led by Sir Mark Elder, David Pountney and Sir Peter Jonas.
He now lives in South Orange, New Jersey with his wife, soprano Carolyn Whitaker, and his son Graham, an award winning composer and violist who studies at The Juilliard School in New York and coaches Intermezzo and Symphony at NJIO.