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Shai Cohen (Hebrew: שי כהן‎; b.1968, in Haifa) is an Israeli music educator and composer.
Dr. Shai Cohen is a composer-researcher, educator, and jazz performer, chairman of the Israeli Composers' League, and an active member in ACUM. He specializes in diverse fields ranging from free improvisation to electronic and contemporary classical music.
His music has been played at events including "Asian Contemporary Music Festival" (2003/Japan, 2009/Korea, 2012/Israel, 2013/Singapore, 2016/Vietnam, 2018/Taiwan), ISCM, contemporary music festival (2006/Moscow Autumn, 2019/Estonia), "Aberdeen Music Prize" (2011), 34th Annual "Bowling Green New Music Festival" (2013), "Israeli Music Festival" (2004, 2012) and performed by musicians and ensembles like the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam), SNU Symphony Orchestra (Korea), the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Moscow), members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Scotland), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Japan), T'ang Quartet (Singapore), St Andrews New Music Ensemble (Scotland), Ensemble Kaprizma (Israel), Israel Contemporary Players, the Arab & Jewish ensembles of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta orchestra of Beer-Sheva and many others.
Cohen is the director of the Music, Technology and Visual Media Program at Bar-Ilan University teaching courses in Audio Synthesis, Advanced Studio Recording, Live Electronics Workshop, Arduino Workshop, Max/MSP/jitter Applications, Sound Engineering, Audio Applications, and Music Cognition Workshop. He is also a lecturer in the Levinsky College of Education and in the Open University Music Departments.
The scope of Cohen's research includes all aspects of composition and improvisation in music. Both areas strive to expand musical expression beyond music score. That extension is reflected in the development of unique graphic notation methods and designated technological environments for concert context. Another area is the development of innovative teaching-learning environments based on musical technology tools built specifically in programs such as MAX/MSP or SuperCollider.