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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

I am very happy and privileged to have received the Fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. This award will be a significant help towards financing my studies and much more. I would like to thank all concerned at the BB Trust for all the help, support and encouragement given to me.

David Cohen"

David Cohen received support from BBT between 2004 and 2005, when this page was last upated.  For an up to date biography go to
David Cohen is also a member of David Trio

David Cohen was born in Belgium in 1980. He attended the Brussels Conservatoire before coming to England in 1994 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School for four years. He was subsequently awarded a four-year scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music where he studied with Oleg Kogan. He was 2002/3 he was the Belgium representative on the ECHO Rising Star scheme during which time he gave recitals throughout Europe and in New York. David Cohen began his solo career at 11, when he performed with the Flemish Orchestra of Brussels and the Polish Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. 1996 saw him touring Britain with the Symphonia of Warsaw. In 1997 he was invited by Mstislav Rostropovich to play in his cello sextet and to take part in a tour of Germany with the St Petersburg Philharmonic. Highlights of his career in 2003 have included a recording of works for cello and orchestra by Lutoslawski as well as playing Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante on tour with the Belgian National Orchestra and Mikko Franck. David Cohen was appointed Co-Principal Cello of the Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2002 and in November 2003 performed the Shostakovich Concerto with them under Sir Charles Mackerras. Future engagements include numerous solo and duo recitals in London and Belgium plus concerto performances with the Belgium National Orchestra, the Liege Philharmonic Orchestra and for Frankfurt Radio.

Last updated: February 2005

Photographs by Daniel Herendi

  • Support with study costs
  • Purchase of a new bow
David Cohen: BBT Winners 2004

David Cohen: BBT Winners 2004

Hindemith: Cello Sonata No 3 Op 25, & Paganini: Variations on a theme of Rossini

BBC Radio 3 presenter Jonathan Swain introduces excerpts from two recordings from David Cohen’s debut CD. This track was produced for BBT as part of an audio CD and CDROM, showcasing its 2004 winners.

David Cohen cello
Olga Sitkovetsky piano (Paganini)

RSR 6163 | Les Radios Francophones Publiques


Introducing David Cohen: my family is an orchestra

A profile of David Cohen filmed as part of an audio CD and CD-ROM produced by BBT to introduce the 2004 Award and Fellowship Winners. Filmed at Royal Festival Hall, London during rehearsals with Philharmonia, where he shares the position of Principal Cello.

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