Tal Cohen, Frost School of Music Master’s Candidate, Wins Barry Harris Jazz Piano Competition

August 21, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — Frost School of Music Master's student Tal Cohen was recently named winner of the prestigious Barry Harris Jazz Piano Competition. Cohen’s winnings earned him a generous cash prize and will take him to Detroit over Labor Day Weekend to play in the city's International Jazz Festival in a trio setting with legendary musician and jazz bassist, Robert Hurst. Cohen beat out other jazz pianists across the country in August, when he was among three finalists selected to compete in Detroit in the two-day finals at The Dirty Dog Jazz Club and Cliff Bells Jazz Club.

Originally from Perth, Australia, Tal is attending the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami as part of the Henry Mancini Institute, completing his Master’s degree under the mentorship of Martin Bejerano. During his time in the states, he has had the opportunity to play with drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, John Daversa, and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard.

The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival Barry Harris National Jazz Piano Competition in named in honor of Detroit-born jazz piano legend, Barry Harris , who helped shape the modern jazz vocabulary. His artistry, recordings, and willingness to mentor made him a musical magnate sought out by generations of jazz musicians. In honor of Barry Harris' lifetime of artistry and leadership, the Detroit Jazz Festival seeks to recognize and provide performance opportunities to outstanding jazz whose artistry reflects the commitment to tradition and search for originality that are tenants of Barry Harris' virtuosity.

About Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive and relevant in all of higher education. With over 700 students and 100 faculty members it a top choice for instrumental, keyboard and vocal performance as well as composition, music business, music education, music engineering technology, music therapy, songwriting, jazz, studio music, and more. It is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was a historic occasion.

The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.

The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, as well as Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.

Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides Frost students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation’s Ensemble Scholars program which provides free tuition, room and board to 19 academically strong and highly talented undergraduate music students; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.

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As winner of the Barry Harris Jazz Piano Competition, Master's Candidate Tal Cohen will perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival with legendary jazz bassist Robert Hurst.