Jonathan Cohler

Jonathan Cohler

General Info


Professor of Clarinet

Personal Website


Jonathan Cohler joined Boston Conservatory in 2005 and teaches clarinet.

He is recognized throughout the world as “an absolute master of the clarinet” (International Clarinet Association’s Clarinet Magazine). Through his performances around the world and on record, he has thrilled an ever-widening audience with his incredible musicianship and total technical command. His technical feats have been hailed as “superhuman” and Fanfare Magazine has placed him in the pantheon of legendary musicians: “one thinks of Dinu Lipatti.”
In recent years, Cohler has teamed up with multiple-award-winning Lithuanian pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite to form today's leading clarinet-piano duo, which is featured in three recent recordings: American Tribute, Romanza, and Rhapsodie Française. Another recent CD, Jonathan Cohler & Claremont Trio, features the award-winning Claremont Trio. A highly acclaimed recording artist, his recordings have received numerous accolades and awards.
In addition to holding several honorary positions, Cohler has been invited to teach as guest faculty at conservatories and universities around the world such as Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Harvard University, Central Conservatory in Beijing, National Conservatory of Music in Mexico, and University of Chile, to name a few.
Cohler is the music director of the Massachusetts Philharmonic Orchestra and artistic director of the Boston Clarinet Academy and the International Woodwind Festival, and vice president of the Boston Woodwind Society. He is also in demand as a guest conductor around the world with orchestras such as the Símon Bólivar Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela.
Cohler’s clarinet teachers include legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Pasquale Cardillo, Harold Wright, Karl Leister, Charles Neidich and Frank Martin. He graduated with high honors in physics from Harvard University. He is also professor of clarinet and chamber music at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jonathan Cohler is a Vandoren, Rossi, and Gao artist. Visit his website for more information.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

• INDIE Award Nomination
• Outstanding Recording mark of the American Record Guide
BBC Music Magazine’s Best CDs of the Year and BBC Choice
• MusicWeb International Pick of the Month
• Buffalo/Toronto 94.5 WNED Best CDs of the Year

Recent Notable Work

Rhapsodie Française (2008) with Rasa Vitkauskaite, piano 
Jonathan Cohler & Claremont Trio (2009)
Romanza (2013) with Rasa Vitkauskaite, piano
American Tribute (2014) with Rasa Vitkauskaite, piano
Cohler Plays and Conducts Weber (2016) with Rasa Vitkauskaite (piano) and Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

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