Shai Cohen
educator, and jazz performer

Shai Cohen is a composer and sound artist whose works span various genres and mediums.
He creates immersive sonic experiences through his compositions, installations, and performances. Cohen's music often explores the intersection of acoustic and electronic elements, creating unique sonic landscapes.

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May 10, 2022 | Who does not play the dice? - Comprovisation for the C Barré Ensemble | Inspired by "The Lottery in Babylon" by Jorge Luis Borges. The 7th International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation (TENOR), 9/10/11 May 2022, Marseille, France. | World premiere

March 1, 2022 | ER=EPR - or French Horn and Live electronics | Bram Vanoverberghe, MIRY Concertzaal the Royal Conservatory of Arts Ghent | Belgium | World premiere

February 8, 2021 | Remez - for Trombone and Piano | the winner of the V International Contest of Musical Composition Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Carlos, 2021 | Valencia, Spain | Slide Trombone: José Vicente Faubel, Piano: Carlos Apellániz | World premiere


Prof. Shai Cohen is a composer-researcher, educator, and jazz performer, ex-chairman of the Israel Composers' League and an active member in ACUM, specializes in diverse fields ranging from free-improvisation to electronic and contemporary classical music.

His music has been played at events including "Asian Contemporary Music Festival" (2003/Japan, 2009/Korea, 2012/Israel, 2013/Singapore, 2016/Vietnam), "Moscow Autumn" ISCM contemporary music festival (2006), "Aberdeen Music Prize" (2011), 34th Annual "Bowling Green New Music Festival" (2013), "Israeli Music Festival" (2004, 2012) and performed by musicians and ensembles like the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam), SNU Symphony Orchestra (Korea), the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Moscow), members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Scotland), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Japan), T'ang Quartet (Singapore), St Andrews New Music Ensemble (Scotland), Ensemble New Babylon (Germany), Meitar Ensemble, Israel Contemporary Players, Kaprizma Ensemble, the Arab & Jewish ensembles of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble, The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta orchestra of Beer-Sheva and many others.


Composition with an emphasis on the field of virtual art (new media), integration of the digital visual world for music applications, web creation, video art, sound installations, etc. Technology and creativity, developing computational-system-based environments for concert musical needs. Pedagogy in a musical context based on innovative technology and the development of interactive learning environments. Integrative research on synchronization among autistic adults and its implications for their social functioning: joint drumming as a platform for measuring brain, physiological, and motor synchronization.

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