Greg Cohen joined the San Diego Symphony as Principal Percussionist in October, 2008, after serving as acting principal for the previous season. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he received his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from Boston University and his Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, also in percussion performance. Greg has performed with such notable orchestras as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the LA Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, and the Kansas City Symphony.
Prior to joining the San Diego Symphony, he was privileged to work and train at several music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute. During this time, he had the privilege of playing in renowned concert halls such as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Carnegie Hall. Greg has recorded on Naxos, Telarc, Reference Recordings, Albany Records and Mode Records labels. Most recently, he played on the Grammy award winning recording Britten’s Orchestra with the Kansas City Symphony.
In addition to his work at the San Diego Symphony, Greg became a studio faculty member at San Diego State University in the fall of 2009. He also maintains an active private percussion studio in San Diego. His students have won numerous competitions and have achieved many accolades.
In his spare time, Greg enjoys cooking new recipes with his wife, Courtney, and sailing the fine waters of San Diego Bay.