Ron Cohen Mann is an oboe and English horn freelancer and teacher in Toronto, ON
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Praised by Arvo Pärt as “wonderful,” and commended on his “great sound” by Valery Gergiev, Ron Cohen Mann enjoys a varied career as a frequent recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral freelancer based in Toronto.
Cohen Mann is a graduate of the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Yale School of Music, studying with Stephen Taylor. He completed his Master of Music at Mannes School of Music, studying with Sherry Sylar of the New York Philharmonic, and his Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Beth Orson, where he was awarded the UBC Medal in Music.
Cohen Mann was a prizewinner at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Standard Life Competition 2014, the winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition 2013, and Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award 2015. Additionally, he was a semi-finalist in the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition 2016.
Cohen Mann has performed with various ensembles including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra, Yale Schola Cantorum, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic, London Symphonia, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestras of Guelph, Kamloops, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Peterborough, Windsor, and Vancouver Island. 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. He has toured to India, China, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Portugal, and throughout Canada and the United States.
In addition to performing, Cohen Mann is a sought-after teacher and held positions as an Oboe Instructor at Yale College and as a Teaching Artist at the Yale Music in Schools Initiative. To learn more about lessons and teaching click here.
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!