Meg Cohen is a Masters graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she studied with Associate Professor Goetz Richter. Alongside her studies, she is the founder and director of the Sydney Baroque Music Festival, created in 2013.
With a strong background of orchestral experience, Meg has played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia, the Australian Youth Orchestra, and has held leadership positions - including concertmaster - within the Australian and International Symphony Orchestra Institute, and Sydney Youth Orchestras.
Meg has a strong interest in Historically Informed Performance, and has performed on baroque violin with Bach Akademie Australia, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Antipodes.
Meg has performed in masterclasses with Ray Chen, Stefano Montanari, and Nicola Benedetti, and in quartet masterclasses with Eberhard Feltz, Wayne Foster-Smith, Mathieu Herzog, and the Elisa, Kuss, Fine Arts, Tokyo, and London Haydn quartets. Meg is currently a member of the Geist String Quartet, with whom she has attended numerous summer academies overseas in 2017: the St Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University, USA; the Orford Music Academy in Canada; and the International Sommerakademie für Kammermusik Niedersachsen in Germany. The Quartet has won numerous awards, including the Sydney Conservatorium’s Westheimer Quartet Fellowship, the Southern Cross Soloists Quartet Fellowship, the Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund Award, and the Mary Vallentine Award, and has performed at the Bangalow Festival, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s Winterschool, the Sydney Conservatorium’s Estivo chamber course in Italy, and the AYO Chamber Players course with Musica Viva.
Meg is currently in her second year of training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Dr Robin Wilson and MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell.
IN MEG'S WORDS
“I was a multi-instrumentalist in high school. On top of it, I also studied classical guitar and opera. Now, my aspirations are reserved for string quartets and baroque ensembles.”
Photo by Pia Johnson