Skip to School of Contemporary Arts (CA) site navigationSkip to main content

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Virtual Tour

Gilad Cohen Assistant Professor of Music Performance & TheoryAssociate Professor of Music Performance & Theory

Year Joined RCNJ: 2014

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-6299
  • Email: gcohen1@ramapo.edu
  • Office: A-204
  • Office Hours: W 11:15-12:45 & 3:00-4:30

Education:

  • Ph.D. Princeton University (2015)
  • M.F.A Princeton University (2011)
  • M.M. Mannes College of Music (2008)
  • B.M. The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (2004)
  • Graduate, BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (2013)

Courses Offered:

  • Musicianship I
  • Musicianship II
  • Musicianship III: Composition
  • Musical Improvisation
  • Advanced Music Performance
  • Song Writing
  • Aural Skills
  • Shine On: The Music of Pink Floyd
  • Applied Lessons in composition
  • Applied Lessons in Piano

Recent Awards and Special Recognition:

  • Barlow Prize, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition (2016)
    Commission for violin and piano duet for premieres by three ensembles
  • Outstanding Faculty Commitment Award for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, Ramapo College of New Jersey (2016)
  • Discover America VIII, The Chicago Ensemble, USA, winner (2014)
  • Zvi Zeitlin Memorial International Composer’s Competition, USA, 3rd prize (2014)
  • International Lycia Guitar Days Composition Competition, Turkey, 3rd prize (2013)
  • American Harp Society in Dallas’ International Composition Competition, grand winner (2013)
  • Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, USA (2012-2013): one-year stipend for outstanding, advanced dissertation writers in humanities Ph.D. programs at seven graduate schools
  • 1st Lin Yao Ji International Competition for Composition, China (2012)
  • Franz Josef Reinl International Composition Contest, Austria (2012)
  • American Liszt Society International Bicentennial Composition Contest (2011)
  • American Composers Forum’s Encore Grant (2011)
  • Israeli Prime Minister Award for Composers: Israel’s most prestigious award for composers, providing one-year stipend (2010)
  • SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission Competition, national round 2nd prize winner (2010)
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Annual Great American Song Contest, USA (2010)
  • ACUM (Israeli equivalent of ASCAP) Prize, Israel (2008)
  • Felix Salzer Techniques of Music Award, Mannes College of Music (2008)
Recent Commissions
  • Parlance Chamber Concerts (2017)
    Quintet for 3 violins, viola and piano (title TBD)
  • Israeli Chamber Project (2017)
    Quintet for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and harp (title TBD)
  • Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City (2017)
    BaShana Ha-Ba’a Bi-Yerusalayim (Jewish prayer).  Vocals and rhythm section.
  • Barlow Endowment for Music Composition (2016)
    Duet for violin and piano (title TBD)
  • Concert Artists Guild with support from the Adele and John Gray endowment Fund (2016)
    Around the Cauldron.  Piano trio.
  • Houston Art Alliance (2015)
    Three Goat Blues. String quartet.
  • Tre Voci: violist Kim Kashkashian, flutist Marina Piccinini and harpist Sivan Magen (2015)
    Suite from Romeo and Juliet (arrangement of excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet).  Flute, viola and harp.
  • Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City (2015)
    Adon Olam (rock song).  Voice, saxophone, cello and rhythm section.
  • ASCAP and SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) (2014)
    Parsley’s Hammer.  Violin and piano.
  • Beit Simchat Torah Congregation, New York City (2011)
    Shir La’Ahava.  Arrangement for SATB choir and piano.
    Od Yavo Shalom.  Arrangement for SATB choir and piano.
    Had Gadya.  Arrangement for SATB choir and piano.
  • Israeli Chamber Project (2010)
    Trio for a Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello and Ruminating Harp.
Discography
  • Ballade for Piano. In Piano Character Pieces from Four Continents by Richard Zimdars, piano. Albany Records, 2015.
  • The Rushing Camel – for classical guitar solo. In a new album by Nadav Lev, guitar. Delos Productions, 2015.
  • Ballade for Piano. In a new album by Paul Barnes, piano. Albany Records, 2015.
  • Al Mishkavi Baleylot – for mixed choir a-cappella. In the debut album of Thalamus Vocal Quartet. Self-released, 2011.
  • Magda & Shorashim (world music album) – arrangements, guitars, vocals. Shorashim Ensemble. CD Baby, 2011.
  • Little Rooms (rock album) – vocal arrangements. Greene Girl. Bandcamp (online release), 2011.
  • Holiday (vocal group album) – additional vocal arrangements. High Five Vocalworks. Self-released, 2008.
  • Windings (rock album) – compositions, lead vocals, bass guitar, guitars, keyboards. Double Space. High Fidelity, 2006.
Analytical Publications
  • Cohen, Gilad. “The Shadow of Yesterday’s Triumph: ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ and the Stage Theory of Grief.” In Music Theory Spectrum, Oxford University Press, forthcoming (peer-reviewed).
  • Cohen, Gilad. “Expansive Form in Pink Floyd’s Song ‘Dogs.'”  In Music Theory Online, June 2015 (peer-reviewed).
  • Cohen, Gilad. “Breaking Away from the Pack: Unique Large-Scale Structure in Pink Floyd’s Song ‘Dogs'” (Hebrew).  In Pink Floyd: Tearing Down the Wall, ed. Ari Katorza.  Tel-Aviv, Israel: Resling Publishing House, November 2014, pp 119-154.
  • Cohen, Gilad.  “In Pink Floyd’s River, Time is Endless.” In theconversation.com, Nick Lehr, Ed.. November 2014.
  • Cohen, Gilad.  “Grunge Music In Bloom: Analysis of Nirvana’s Hit” (in progress).
Select Chamber and Solo Works and Performances
  • Quintet for Clarinet, Harp and Strings (in progress, title TBD)
    Commissioned by the Israeli Chamber Project.
    Scheduled performances at Baruch College, Palo Alto JCC, Music at Oakmont (Sonoma), Green Music Center (Sonoma), Carmel chamber music society, Tel Aviv conservatory, and Jerusalem Music center.
  • Around the Cauldron (2016, 12 min.) – violin, cello, piano
    Commissioned by Concert Artists Guild with support from the Adele and John Gray endowment Fund
    Lysander Trio (Itamar Zorman, Liza Stepanova and Michael Katz)
    Carnegie’s Weill Hall  • Clark Memorial Library UCLA (LA) • Richardson Auditorium (Princeton, NJ, scheduled 7.18.17)
  • Doaa and Masa (2016, 10 min.) – harp solo
    Sponsored by a grant from Ramapo College of New Jersey
    Sivan Magen
    Sheung Wan Civic Centre (Hong Kong) • Israel Music Conservatory (Tel-Aviv) • University of Texas in Austin • National Library of Columbia (Bogota, Columbia)  scheduled 9/13/2017
  • Three Goat Blues (2015, 14 min.) – string quartet
    Commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance
    Apollo Chamber Players
    Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (TX) • Temple Emmanuel (Beaumont, TX)
  • Suite from Romeo and Juliet, arrangement of excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet (2015, 18 min.) – flute, viola, harp Commissioned by Tre Voci
    Tre Voci (Kim Kashkashian, Marina Piccinini and Sivan Magen)
    Philadelphia Museum of Arts • Jordan Hall (Boston, MA) • Eastman School of Music • Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) •
    Wigmore Hall (London, scheduled 5/28/18) • Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Italy, scheduled 7.12.17)
  • Parsley’s Hammer (2014, 8 min.) – violin, piano
    Commissioned by SCI and ASCAP
    Margaret Jones and Hee-Kyung Juhn
    Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR)
  • Jerusalem Stones (2012, 7 min.) – string quartet
    Brentano Quartet • Mivos Quartet • PUBLIQuartet
    Beijing Modern Music Festival (China) • Southside Salon (Hong Kong) • DiMenna Center (NYC) • Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington, NY)
  • The Rushing Camel (2012, 9 min.) – classical guitar
    Nadav Lev
    Festival de Chaillol (France) • Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) • Spectrum (New York) • 92 Street Y (NYC) • Ha-Teiva (Jaffa, Israel)
  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Parts VI-IX, arrangement of Pink Floyd’s song (2012, 8 min.) – flute, oboe, piano, strings
    Ensemble 20-21 • PUBLIQuartet
    Gershwin Hotel (NYC) • Princeton University
  • Ten Variations (2011, 15 min.) – oboe, piano, string quartet
    Nash Ensemble of London  •  the Chicago Ensemble • Cuatro Puntos • Ensemble SYZYGY
    Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Austria) • Gershwin Hotel (NYC) • University of Texas at Austin • Princeton University •The University of Chicago • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
  • The Phoenix Lament (2011, 15 min.) – flute, violin, cello, harp
    Miranda Cuckson, Sivan Magen, Tara Helen O’Connor, and Greg Hesselink
    Princeton University
  • Trio for a Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello and Ruminating Harp (2010, 12 min.)  – clarinet (doubles b. cl.), cello, harp Commissioned by the Israeli Chamber Project
    Israeli Chamber Project • Inn-hyuck Cho, Emmanuel Ceysson, Jerry Grossman (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s principal players) • Kassia Ensemble • Inn-hyuck Cho, Emmanuel Ceysson, Jerry Grossman (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s principal players) • Exponential Ensemble • Sinfonieorchester Münster • Principal players of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (forthcoming)
    The Morgan Library & Museum (NYC) • Ottawa Chamberfest 2012 (Canada) • University of California (UCLA) • South Orange Performing Arts Center (NJ) • Eastman School of Music (NY) • Einav Center for Culture (Tel-Aviv) • Tenri Cultural Center (NYC) • The American Harp Society in Dallas (TX) • Chamber Music Pittsburgh (PA) • Parlance Chamber Concerts (Ridgewood, NJ) • National Opera Center (NYC) • Theater Münster (Germany) • The Livemore (Pittsburgh, PA) • Budapest Music Center (scheduled 2.25.18)
  • Quintet for Bass Guitar and Strings (2008, 20 min.)
    Meitar Ensemble • Flux Quartet with bassist Logan Coale
    Bargemusic (NYC) • The Jerusalem Theatre (Israel) • New Music Conflagration (Saint Petersburg, FL)
Select Theatrical Works
  • Macbeth (2016, full-length show) – songs and instrumental music for an adaption of Shakespeare’s play
    Scored for singers, flute, accordion, bass and percussion
    Produced by the Theater Program at Ramapo College of New Jersey, multiple performances at Sharp Theater, Ramapo College
  • Healthy Start (2012, 15 min.) – One-Act musical-theatre adaption of Etgar Keret’s story (book and lyrics: Laura Marks)
    Scored for 5 singers/actors, clarinet, cello and piano
    Gift Theatre (Chicago, IL) • Princeton University
  • Classic Hodgepodge (2012, 20 min.) – Collection of musical-theatre songs based on classic American plays and movies
    (lyrics: Brett Boles, Sean Patterson, Paul Schultz and Martin Landry)
    Scored for two singers, clarinet, cello and piano
    Produced by Princeton University Department of Music and performed at Taplin Hall in Princeton University
  • Sea of Mashuganas (2010, 20 min.) – Musical-theater song cycle for soprano, choir and ensemble (lyrics: Meira Marom)
    Arden Kelly, choir and ensemble
    Produced by Princeton University Department of Music and performed at Taplin Hall in Princeton University
  • The Good Person of Setzuan (2010, full-length) – musical adaption with songs (book and lyrics: Bertolt Brecht)
    Scored for a cast of fifteen, flute, classical guitar, double bass and percussion
    Commissioned and produced by Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, multiple performances at McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ)
Select Rock and World Music
  • Lashana Ha-Ba’a Biyerusalayim, setting of a Jewish prayer (in progress) –for voice and rhythm section
    Commissioned by Park Avenue Synagogue
    Cantor Azi Schwartz
  • Adon Olam, rock song based on biblical text (2015, 5 min.) –for voice, saxophone, cello and rhythm section
    Commissioned by Park Avenue Synagogue
    Cantor Azi Schwartz
  • Windings (2006, full-length album and show) – settings of Israeli poems and instrumental pieces
    Double Space (progressive rock band)
    Targ Center, broadcasted live on Israel “Voice of the Music” Radio One • Music of the Desert Festival (Sde Boker, Israel) • Jerusalem Film Festival • Zappa Jerusalem • Camelot Tel-Aviv • Yellow Submarine (Jerusalem)
  • Danse Amaleque (2006, 4 min.) –clarinet, violin and bass guitar
    Klezshop Trio • Gilad Cohen Quartet
    92nd Street Y (NYC) • Verdi Square Festival for the Arts (NYC) • The Stone (NYC) • The Bendheim Performing Arts Center (Scarsdale, NY) • Indiana University • Princeton University • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Beatleshop, klezmer-style arrangement of The Beatles and Beach Boys medley (2007, 6 min.) –cl., violin and bass guitar
    Klezshop Trio • Gilad Cohen Quartet
    Princeton University • Ramapo College of New Jersey • The Jewish Center (Princeton, NJ)
  • The Funkyblu Show (1997-2002, full length show) –voice, electric guitar, keyboard, bass and drums
    Funkyblu
    Black’n’Blues Festival (Giv’ataim, Israel) • Einav Center for Culture (Tel-Aviv) • Camelot Herzlia (Israel)
Select Performances (Piano, guitar, bass guitar, voice, choral conducting)
  • Shorashim Ensemble, Israeli & Jewish music ensemble (arranger, pianist, guitarist, singer):
    Merkin Hall (New York), Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), Symphony Space (New York), Civic Centre (Ottawa, Canada), Georgetown University (Washington, DC), Eisenhower Park (East Meadow, NY) – 2005-2015
  • Klezshop Trio, Original modern klezmer trio (composer, bassist, singer): 92ndStreet Y (New York), Verdi Square Festival for the Arts (New York), The Stone (New York), The Bendheim Performing Arts Center(Scarsdale, NY), Indiana University – 2007-2009.
  • High Five Vocalworks, Vocal jazz group (bassist, arranger), Don’t Tell Mama (New York), Mostly Music Festival (Nyack, NY), Rockland Center for the Arts (Nyack, NY) – 2006-2008.
  • Double Space, Original progressive rock group (composer, lead singer, bassist, pianist): Targ Center, broadcasted live on Israel “Voice of the Music” Radio One (Jerusalem), Music of the Desert Festival (Sde Boker, Israel), Jerusalem Film Festival (Jerusalem), Zapa Jerusalem (Jerusalem), Camelot Tel-Aviv (Tel-Aviv), Yellow Submarine (Jerusalem) – 2003-2008.
Conference Activity and Invited Talks
  • The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (2017)
    Concert music, theatre, Pink Floyd and their intersections
  • Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University (2015)
    Musical Design in Stephen Sondheim’ Company
  • The Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI Conference (2015)
    The Shadow of Yesterday’s Triumph: “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and the Stage Theory of Grief
  • The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (2015)
    My works for the concert hall, rock bands, and musical theatre
  • The University of Chicago (2015)
    Expansive Form in Pink Floyd’s Song “Dogs”
  • Northwestern University (2015)
    Expansive Rock: Large-Scale Structure in the Music of Pink Floyd
  • Pink Floyd: Sound, Sight, and Structure Conference, Princeton University (2014)
    The Shadow of Yesterday’s Triumph: “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and the Stage Theory of Grief
  • Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University (2014)
    Musical Design in Stephen Sondheim’ Company
  • Princeton Research Symposium, Princeton University (2013)
    Finding a Way through the Maze: Unique Large-Scale Structure in Pink Floyd’s Song “Dogs”
  • Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ (2013)
    Lyrical and Musical Messages in Contemporary Israeli Popular Music
  • Edward Aldwell Center for Piano Performance and Musicianship, Israel
    Visual Images and Music Design in John Adams’ Transmigration of Souls (2012)
    Large-Scale Structure in Pink Floyd’s song “Dogs” (2010)
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music (2012)
    My Concert Music
  • The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (2012)
    Large-Scale Structure in Pink Floyd’s song “Dogs”
  • The University of Iowa School of Music (2011)
    My Concert Music
  • Mannes College of Music (2009)
    Rock Harmony in Music of The Beatles, Nirvana and Alice in Chains
  • Beit Hinuch High School, Jerusalem, Israel (2008)
    Genres and Musical Characteristics in Rock Music
  • The Academy for Jewish Religion, New York City (2007)
    Lyrical and Musical Messages in Contemporary Israeli Popular Music
Ramapo College of New Jersey recognizes the value of publishing on the Internet. The College does not preview, review, censor, or control the content of these pages in any way as a matter of course. This page and Web pages linked from this page are created by the authors, and do not in any way constitute official Ramapo College of New Jersey content.