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Assistant Professor of Music Performance and Theory, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Praised by the 2010 Israeli Prime Minister Award Committee for “creating a personal language fusion that has a unique dimension” in music that is “fascinating, vibrant and drawing the ear as well as the heart”, Israeli musician Gilad Cohen is an active composer, performer, and theorist in different musical genres including concert music, rock, and music for theatre. Currently in his last year as a Ph.D. Candidate in Composition at Princeton University, Gilad is an Assistant Professor of Music at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Gilad’s music was performed at venues in the US, Europe, Asia, Canada, and Israel including Merkin Hall, Morgan Library & Museum, Bargemusic (NYC), the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Vienna), The Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Kolarac Hall (Belgrade), and the Jerusalem Theatre (Israel). Recent awards include the Israeli Prime Minister Award for Composers and the Whiting Fellowship in Humanities, as well as the top prizes in composition competitions in China, Austria, Turkey, and the US. A member of the Advanced Class at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Gilad is also active as a performer and music director, playing piano, bass, and guitar. Recently Gilad produced the first-ever academic conference devoted to Pink Floyd at Princeton University together with composer Dave Molk, and his article about large-scale structure in the band’s music was published in 2014 by Resling Publishing House in a collection of essays.


  • 2014–present
    Assistant Professor, Ramapo College of New Jersey


  • 2015 
    Princeton University, Ph.D. in Music Composition (ABD)
  • 2013 
    BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Graduate
  • 2011 
    Princeton University, Master of Fine Arts in Composition
  • 2008 
    Mannes College of Music, Master of Music in Composition
  • 2006 
    The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Bachelor of Music in Composition

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities
    Funding Source:
    Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation
  • 2011
    Encore Grant
    Funding Source:
    American Composers Forum
  • 2010
    The Israeli Prime Minister Award for Composers
    Funding Source:
    Prime Minister of Israel