Clarinetist Franklin Cohen said he always enjoys performing with his son-in-law, Roman Rabinovich, whom Cohen describes as a "world-renowned" pianist. The two will perform during ChamberFest Cleveland's winter house concert Feb. 24 at Cohen's Cleveland Heights home.
"Any time one gets the opportunity to make music with a musician who you love and respect is a thrill," Cohen said.
Rabinovich, who lives in Calgary, Canada, with his wife, Diana Cohen, has performed across Europe and the United States in venues like Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
Born in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, Rabinovich immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994 and began his studies there. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School in New York.
Cohen and Rabinovich's will perform a Brahms sonata together during the Feb. 24 performance and Rabinovich will also perform a variation by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Two of Cohen's "outstanding" students from the Cleveland Institute of Music will also step in front of the audience to perform.
Cohen's home has served as a central location for ChamberFest Cleveland, which was founded by Cohen's daughter, Diana Cohen, about seven years ago. As part of ChamberFest Cleveland, small, winter concerts often take place at Franklin Cohen's home and, as timing would have it, Rabinovich was planning on being in the area and ready to perform.
"Since (Rabinovich) will be in town this coming week, we thought it fitting to do something together in my home," said Cohen, who was a principal clarinetist for the Cleveland Orchestra for more than 39 years. "This is what chamber music was many years ago. It was played in castles and homes for smaller groups of people."