Ron Cohen Mann is an oboe and English horn performer and teacher based in Toronto, ON
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Praised by Arvo Pärt as “wonderful,” and commended on his “great sound” by Valery Gergiev, oboist and English hornist Ron Cohen Mann is a frequent recitalist, new music proponent, orchestral musician, and teacher based in Toronto. He was recently named on CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30.
Inspired by the variety of sounds and colours of the oboe, Cohen Mann is passionate about advancing the instrument as a solo voice in recitals and chamber music. His solo debut at Carnegie Hall was with harpist Noël Wan, as featured artists in the Yale in New York series. As a winner of the Yale Chamber Music Competition, he performed the monumental Prokofiev Quintet on the subscription Oneppo Chamber Music Series; he has also performed the iconic Nielsen Quintet at Jazz at Lincoln Center. At the Orford Festival, he shared the stage with Alex Klein, James Campbell, and Stéphane Lévesque.
Cohen Mann was a prizewinner at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition, and the winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award. Additionally, he was a semi-finalist in the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition.
A champion of new music and lesser-known solo music for the oboe and English horn, Cohen Mann has been fortunate to premiere pieces by Jocelyn Morlock, Nicky Sohn, Matthew Emery, and Liliya Ugay. He has fostered a partnership with the Yarilo Contemporary Music Society in Vancouver, BC where he was a featured recitalist, as well as joining them for a performance of Steve Reich’s Tehillim. He has served as guest principal oboe with the Esprit Orchestra.
Feeling equally at home within the orchestra, Cohen Mann cherishes performing with ensembles in Canada and abroad. In Ontario, he has appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestras of Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, and Windsor. His festival appearances include The National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado), L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, The National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and The National Youth Orchestra of Canada where he received the Award of Excellence. Outside of North America, he has toured to India, China, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Portugal.
In addition to performing, Cohen Mann is a sought-after teacher and has held positions as an Oboe Instructor at Yale College and as a Teaching Artist at the Yale Music in Schools Initiative. In summer 2018, he served as an Associate Mentor for the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. He is a frequent clinician at arts high schools in the Greater Toronto Area. For information about online oboe lessons, click here.
Cohen Mann is a graduate of the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Yale School of Music. He completed his Master of Music at Mannes School of Music and his Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia where he was awarded the UBC Medal in Music. His teachers and mentors include Sarah Jeffrey, Stephen Taylor, Sherry Sylar, and Beth Orson.
Now offering lessons through Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime!
My philosophy in teaching is to foster a great love of music and to set the highest standards possible for students. Studying music is a powerful way to connect with one of the great artistic disciplines and provides an opportunity to grow intellectually and spiritually.
My former students have succeeded in their competitions, festivals, auditions, and exams because of a commitment to excellence and a solid comprehension of efforts invested and practical application in performance.
I put a lot of emphasis on a foundation-based approach and make sure that students build requisite technique to excel in their performances. I tailor lessons to each student’s needs in order to best guide them in their playing career. I sell my own handmade reeds exclusively to private students. During in-person lessons, I am be able to ‘touch up’ older reeds. I also offer reed-making lessons for more advanced students.
“I studied with Ron for about 2 years and it was really a cornerstone in my journey as a musician. His teaching methods are really helpful because he pinpoints what you need to change within a phrase or in your embouchure. He also gives little secrets or tips to improve your technique. In these 2 years, my tone has improved immensely, I practice more effectively, and most importantly, he has motivated me to play more than ever before. Ron was a critical part in my getting into the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. He is an amazing teacher and I would recommend studying with him to anyone, especially those who want to go far with music.”
Sophia, 17, student
“As the parent of a music student, you look for a teacher who is not only knowledgeable and skilled on the instrument, but you look for patience and an instructor who holds the student accountable. Ron fully embodies all of these attributes. What’s more is that my daughter wanted to work for him and impress him with how hard she had worked since the last lesson. Ron was always on time, flexible when lessons needed to be rescheduled, easy to talk to, and a consummate professional at all times.”
“From the very first lesson it was clear that, in addition to being a talented musician, Ron has an excellent teaching style. He manages to both praise the positive and to provide constructive feedback. Ron has been teaching my daughter for over one year and has provided a lot of technical exercises and pieces and helped her to prepare audition pieces for camp and band; he has also helped her improve school pieces. The oboe is a rare instrument so having a dedicated teacher outside of school has been very valuable. We consider ourselves lucky to have found such a great teacher. Thanks Ron!”
“I was Ron Cohen Mann's pupil for two years, and am happy with the progress I made. Ron is a very patient and considerate teacher. He has a great knack for spotting a pupil's particular weaknesses and assigning exercises to help overcome them. His optimistic outlook was very helpful as I tried to tackle some long-standing problems in my playing. I hope my next teacher will have some, at least, of Ron's excellent qualities.”
I've been working on some online tutorials in order to help guide young oboists, particularly those without access to regular lessons. It goes without saying that the oboe is a demanding instrument, and I feel passionately about expanding the resources available to young players.
Please help support me in this initiative by subscribing to my YouTube channel. Thanks so much for watching!