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Franklin Cohen

Principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976, Franklin Cohen has distinguished himself as one of the outstanding clarinetists of his generation. His playing has been described as “hypnotic, impeccable, brilliant . . . with a vocal quality that would be the envy of any singer.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer has described Cohen as, “the Callas of clarinetists, spinning mesmerizing lines amid flashes of temperament. Music-making of such urgency, beauty and virtuously is uncommon on any instrument.” He first gained widespread acclaim when, at the age of 22, he became the first clarinetist awarded first prize at the International Munich Competition.