Mr. Cohler is the youngest graduate of the Juilliard School’s Master of Music program in orchestral conducting. A recipient of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, he studied with New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and worked extensively with the Juilliard Orchestra, with whom he made his professional debut in 2013. Since then, he has worked in various capacities with the Dallas, Baltimore, Fort Worth, New Jersey, New World, and New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestras.
Mr. Cohler has been awarded fellowships to the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under Robert Spano, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music under Marin Alsop, and the Salzburg Festival, where he was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic for a residency as the Ansbacher Fellow. Elsewhere, he has participated in masterclasses given by
Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson-Thomas, and Christoph von Dohnányi, and this past summer, he attended the conducting seminar at the Tanglewood Music Center. In 2013, Mr. Cohler was chosen by John Adams and David Robertson to perform a program of modern American orchestral works at Carnegie Hall.
Prior to his graduate studies, Mr. Cohler held the music directorship of the Harvard
University Bach Society Orchestra, a post formerly occupied by his teacher, Alan Gilbert. He
conducted the group in several sold-out performances, including those with frequent
collaborator and renowned violinist Ryu Goto. He also led the Dunster House Opera in its
2009 production of The Rake’s Progress, which marked the first Boston performance of the
work in over twenty years.
Mr. Cohler graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, where he studied computer
science and music. As an advocate for the integration of art music into American culture, he
has collaborated with organizations such as Groupmuse to modernize the classical concertgoing
experience through the use of technology and other media.