Diana Cohen ’97


“I’m honored to join an exceptional group of people who have preceded me as inductees into the Hall of Fame. I was inspired by many of these people as a student at Heights High and was always in awe of what people accomplished after graduation. I was incredibly lucky to be a student surrounded by bright, hardworking, creative and caring peers, many of whom are still dear friends, as well as devoted and passionate teachers and mentors. I am grateful that my profession has taken me to a place where I’m able to give something of significance to my hometown community and am truly honored for being recognized for this.”

“Do what you love, and do it with all your heart. If you fail, just keep trying!”

Praised for her “incredible flair, maturity and insight,” violinist Diana Cohen leads a multi-faceted career as a concertmaster, chamber musician, soloist, educator and arts administrator. Appointed concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012, she previously served as concertmaster of the Richmond and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras while maintaining an active freelance career. Diana has performed regularly in concerts in New York and across the globe with the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The International Sejong Soloists, The Knights, and as a substitute at the New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, National Repertory Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, Valdosta Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony and Red {an orchestra}, an ensemble based in Cleveland 2001-2008. Diana has also performed at some of the most prestigious festivals including Marlboro Music Festival and Ravinia Festival, and collaborated with renowned musical artists including Garrick Ohlsson, Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets. As a soloist, she has appeared with numerous orchestras, including Holland Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, among others.

A passionate chamber musician, Diana is Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed ChamberFest Cleveland, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last June, and serves in the same positions with ChamberFest West in Calgary, which presented its first season last July. These ensembles showcase chamber repertoire to music enthusiasts and novices alike in engaging summer venues.

Additionally, Diana is a devoted teacher. She has worked extensively in public schools and many of her students have won national awards.


BM and MM, Cleveland Institute of Music

Current Occupation

Violinist and Founder, ChamberFest Cleveland, Concertmaster, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Founder, ChamberFest West

  • Founded ChamberFest Cleveland, an organization that presents chamber music at the highest level each June in Cleveland 
  • Founded ChamberFest West, Calgary, Canada’s first international chamber music festival 
  • Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic 
  • Performed twenty “garden concerts” from our front lawn during summer of 2020 when music was otherwise stopped