Anat Cohen

A virtuoso widely recognized as one of the most vital clarinetists working today

Anat Cohen performed in the Great Clarinet Summit with Don Byron, Eran Egozy, Billy Novick, Evan Ziporyn and the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble & MIT Wind Ensemble led by Music Director Frederick Harris Jr. The exciting and eclectic program included a movement from Don Byron’s Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble and the world premiere of Jamshied Sharifi’s Ornament Of The World, a community play-along piece featuring all guest soloists and attending clarinetists of all ages.

Grammy-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. The Jazz Journalists Association has voted Anat as Clarinetist of the Year ten years in a row, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in the clarinet category in DownBeat magazine every year since 2011. That’s not to mention years of being named Rising Star in the soprano and tenor saxophone categories in DownBeat, as well as for Jazz Artist of the Year. In 2009, ASCAP awarded Anat a Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship, among other honors. In 2018, she was nominated for two Grammy awards:  The Best Latin Jazz Album for Outra Coisa – The Music of Moacir Santos, a collaboration with Marcello Gonçalves, and The Best World Music Album for Rosa Dos Ventos, a collaboration with Trio Brasileiro. She’s currently supporting her 2017 release “Happy Song” with her ten piece ensemble – the Anat Cohen Tentet, in addition to duo concerts with acclaimed pianist Fred Hersch in support of their 2018 release – “Live in Healdsburg”.

Having first appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2007, she had the honor of being the music director for the Newport Jazz Festival Now 60! all-star band that toured the U.S. on the occasion of the festival’s 60th anniversary in 2014. Anat is a fixture on the New York scene at such clubs as Birdland, starring in a recent tribute to the music of Django Reinhardt there, among much else. Anat has also appeared in New York at the Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Iridium, Joe’s Pub, Greenwich House and the Jazz Gallery, as well as other top clubs across the country and around the world – Yoshi’s in San Francisco, Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., Regatta Bar in Boston, the Sunset in Paris, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Jazzclub Fasching in Stockholm, A Trane in Berlin and Zappa in Tel Aviv. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Symphony Space in New York, along with Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Boston’s Berklee Performance Center, the ORF-Kulturhaus in Vienna and Belgrade’s Kolarac Hall in Serbia.

The world’s great jazz festivals have invited Anat to perform, including the JVC, Newport, Chicago, Monterey, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, SF Jazz (San Francisco), Playboy (Los Angeles), Duke Ellington (Washington, D.C.), Montreal, Copenhagen, Jazz a Vienne, Umbria, North Sea (Netherlands), Tudo e Jazz (Brazil), Caesaria (Israel) and Zagreb Jazzarella festivals. Her performances have been broadcast internationally, including by WBGO, WFUV, WNYC and NPR in the U.S. and Radio Netherlands, ORF (Austrian Radio), SR (Swedish Radio) and Radio Bremen (Germany).

Past Events

The Great Clarinet Summit

May 11, 2018 / 8:00pm
MIT Kresge Auditorium, W16
48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Tickets are free in advance for MIT students/faculty/staff ($5 at the door), $15 for general admission, and free for participants in the clarinet play-along piece.

The final concert of the 2017-18 season of MIT Sounding, this unique event features renowned clarinetists Don Byron, Anat Cohen, Evan Ziporyn, Billy Novick, and Eran Egozy along with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and MIT Wind Ensemble led by Music Director Frederick Harris, Jr. The exciting and eclectic program includes a movement from Don Byron’s Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble and the world premiere of Jamshied Sharifi’s Ornament Of The World, a community play-along piece featuring all guest soloists and attending clarinetists of all ages.*

*If you are a clarinetist and interested in the community play-along piece, please fill out this form.

Anat Cohen. Credit Shervin Lainez.
Anat Cohen. Credit Shervin Lainez.