Aaron Cohen has a varied career centered on music, audio and media. In addition to serving as New York Public Radio’s Director of Programming Operations, he is also an award-winning radio producer and an accomplished musician.
Aaron joined New York Public Radio in 2000, and has worn several different hats within the company since then. From 2000 to 2006, he was a radio producer. During this time at NYPR, he worked on every kind of radio program imaginable, from live call-in shows and concert broadcasts, to pre-produced programs and long-form radio documentaries. A notable highlight of those years is The Ring & I, a one-hour radio documentary about Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which he co-produced with Jad Abumrad in 2004. The program won more than ten awards, including the National Headliner Grand Prize, and continues to be broadcast around the world to this day.
In 2006, Aaron joined the Programming Department, where he currently serves as the Director of Programming Operations. In this role, Aaron interacts with all the departments of New York Public Radio, and makes sure everything gets on-air as it’s supposed to throughout the day and night. Additionally, Aaron occasionally produces special projects for WQXR.
Aaron began his career as a classically trained oboist. As a professional musician, he performed with many orchestras, including a performance at the Barcelona Summer Olympics in 1992. Aaron also recorded two solo CDs. His first CD, Oboecentric, was recorded in 1994 and features late Baroque and early Classical sonatas for oboe and continuo. The second CD, Oboisms, features works by 20th Century North American composers for oboe and piano.
Aaron Cohen appears in the following:
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Strauss was a very private man, and many felt he wore a mask in public, never showing his true self. In this final segment of our three-part series, we attempt to pull back the mask and see the man himself.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Strauss's operas centered around their female stars, which include Salome, Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier. This second segment of a three-part series explores the female protagonist in Strauss.
Monday, June 09, 2014
Strauss first came to international attention for his tone poems, those colorful, sometimes decidedly non-PC symphonic works that portray moods, events and characters.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss's birth, this hour-long special explores his dedication to his art, as reflected in his grand orchestral works and his unforgettable operas.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Welcome to Operavore’s Field Guide to Singers. With this handy companion at your side, you’ll soon be able to recognize even the rarest specimens by their distinctive songs and calls.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tonight at 8 pm, tune in for a special re-broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Verdi and his contemporary Wagner.
Monday, April 01, 2013
On Sunday evening at the Park & Bark Arts Center in Newark, NJ I heard a performance of what is, without question, the most unusual opera I’ve ever heard.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The St. John Passion is one of Bach's two great surviving Passions, or sacred oratorios, the other being the St. Matthew Passion. Host Kent Tritle gives us five tips on getting to know this masterpiece.
Friday, February 17, 2012
We place Mahler's program notes against the music to see if we can gain a greater understanding of the ideas in the composer's mind as he wrote the work.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
New York Public Radio's resident oboist picks his favorite works for the instrument.