Newly appointed General Music Director of the Staatstheater Darmstadt, Daniel Cohen conducts extensively throughout Europe. In Germany, he has conducted two Berlin opera houses, the Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper, as well as symphony concerts with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Dresdner Philharmoniker. In Italy, he has led productions at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Macerata Opera Festival, the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, and the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari. Elsewhere, he has conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester Basel, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. This season, he makes his Norwegian Opera debut with Le Nozze di Figaro, and returns to Teatro Massimo di Palermo for Idomeneo and the Israeli Opera for Cosi fan tutte.

A former Dudamel Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Cohen made his North American opera debut at the Canadian Opera Company with La clemenza di Tito.

Born in Israel, Cohen began his musical studies on violin and later attended the Royal Academy of Music in London for violin and conducting. As a violinist, Cohen was a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for seven seasons, where he was also conducting assistant to Daniel Barenboim for three seasons. Prior to his appointment in Darmstadt, Cohen was Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for two seasons under Donald Runnicles ... read full bio