Steve Cohen


“It (the Légère reed) has changed my life!”  Full quote below.
Steve Cohen is Associate Professor of clarinet at Northwestern   University . He is the former principal clarinetist with the New Orleans Symphony,  later known as the Louisiana Philharmonic. Cohen joined the New Orleans  Symphony in 1975 and became principal clarinet in 1983. He remained as principal clarinet with its successor, the Louisiana Philharmonic through May of  2004. He was featured as concerto soloist with that orchestra many times and  has also been featured as concerto soloist at the Brevard Music Center ,  where he has played and continues to play principal clarinet each summer since  1979. He has toured in the U.S. as principal clarinet with the Texas Opera Theater and throughout Europe as principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since moving to Chicago in 2005 he has performed with the Chicago Symphony,  the Chicago Lyric Opera, principal clarinet in the Music of the Baroque Orchestra and the Ars Viva Symphony.  In the summer of 2006 he was on  the faculty of the Aria International Summer Institute and will return in  the summer of 2007.  Mr. Cohen is a former faculty member at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Louisiana State University . He is an artist/clinician for Buffet  clarinets and a Legere reed artist.  
Steve has played exclusively on Légère synthetic reeds for several years. He says:
I had initial skepticism at the prospect of using synthetic reeds.  I was fortunate to have been given a few by my friend Eddie Daniels when he came through town one fall.  He had been trying them as well.  It took me a good 6-8 months of playing around with it before I really took them "out in public". At first I used them only on some outdoor orchestra concerts. I even remember leaving one on the stand afterwards because I couldn't see it or find it after I took it off to put my instrument away!  Shortly after this I had been practicing a lot on them and needed to get ready to find a cane reed for an important recital. I simply couldn't find one that was close to being as responsive as the Légères. So I asked Guy to send me a few and they were all great. I used it on the recital and have been using them since. In some ways I can't believe that I am using them for everything, but I am and I have been very happy. My friends and colleagues do not notice anything other than I have much more breath to play long phrases and feel much more uninhibited to express myself musically. Tonally there is virtually no change. It has changed my life and continues working for me after all these years!