Nell Shaw Cohen
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Twenty-two-year-old composer Nell Shaw Cohen studies with Michael Gandolfi and John Mallia at New England Conservatory, where she was awarded a top merit scholarship in composition. Born in San Francisco, Ms Cohen was raised in California and New York. Before shifting her focus to chamber music, she pursued a career in progressive rock as a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Longtime Village Voice music editor Chuck Eddy reviewed her original album Tempus in Harp Magazine, saying Ms Cohen "thrice comes close to climbing the pomp heights of 70s rock...with Yes-like ornateness". The recordings of her compositions presented at the 4th Annual Playhouse Project Benefit Concert featured performances by members of the renowned vocal ensemble Lionheart, and two of the East Coast's leading new music groups: Fireworks Ensemble and Alarm Will Sound.

Thirteen of Ms Cohen's chamber ensemble works were premiered during the 2008-2010 seasons of the Tuesday Night New Music concert series at New England Conservatory. She has written works for voices, solo instruments, ensembles, chamber orchestra and large orchestra.

Ms Cohen was recently awarded an Entrepreneurial Grant from the New England Conservatory Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department to create a multimedia video piece inspired by the work of painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Ms Cohen has also been the recipient of the Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music (2009), a scholarship from the Carpe Diem Foundation (2009-2012), NEC's Francis Judd Cooke Scholarship for Students of Composition (2008-2012), and the Elizabeth Brockman Award (2008), and is a featured artist of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation. She has participated in master classes with John Harbison, Dame Evelyn Glennie, and Geoffrey Simon.

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