Steve Cohen received his training at the Eastman, Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music and has composed a large catalog of symphonic, chamber, liturgical, and musical-theater pieces, including the operas The Cop and the Anthem (libretto by Alison Hubbard after the O. Henry story; available on rental from Theodore Presser) and La Pizza Del Destino (libretto by Joseph Renard). Cohen’s Wind Quintet is included on a CD of American Music by the Pennsylvania Wind Quintet on the Centaur label, and his Saxophone Quartets Nos 1 and 2 are available from To The Fore Publishers. (Quartet No 2 is included on a CD by the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet on the Eclectra label.)
His orchestral composition Juggernaut won the 2004 Composers Award given jointly by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Museum in the Community. As an arranger and orchestrator, he has supplied scores for the New York Pops Orchestra; Radio City Music Hall; Maureen McGovern; the Metropolitan Opera Guild; the American Ballet Theater; the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra; the Goldman Memorial Band; Edwin F. Kalmus Publishers; the PanAmericana Latin jazz band; the world premieres of the musicals Behind the Limelight (Christopher Curtis), Spittin’ Image (Stephen Weiner), and The Visit (Kander & Ebb, assisting Michael Gibson); and touring companies of Beauty And The Beast, Porgy and Bess, Crazy For You, Guys and Dolls and The Secret Garden.