Samuel Cohen, violin
Samuel Cohen, born in Iassi, Romania, began violin and piano studies at the age of 9. At the age of 14, he joined the local opera house orchestra out of economic necessity while continuing his studies at the music conservatory. I n 1961 he emigrated to Israel where he continued musical and high school studies at the Rubin Music Academy with violin teacher Professor Eden Partos (pupil of Carl Flesh). Mr. Cohen served in the Israeli army from 1964 to 1967 and from 1967 to 1969 was a member of Radio Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and a member of Ramat Gan Chamber Orchestra. From 1969 to 1974 he was a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. Samuel Cohen emigrated to the U.S. in 1974, joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and in January 1979 he won an audition for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra's first violin section where he still works today. He was married in 1972 to his wife Mona and has two sons and two grandchildren. Mr. Cohen has been U.S. Citizen since 1984.