Yaniv M Cohen began 10 years of performing with the University of Central Florida Symphony Orchestra (UCF) when he was 13 years old and graduated from Rollins College in 2013 with a double major degree in Music and English. His primary studies were with Matitiahu Braun of the New York Philharmonic and Manhattan School Pre-College. Yaniv is a performance based Graduate Teaching Assistant at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where he studies with Michael Klotz of the Amernet String Quartet.
He has attended the Miami Music Festival, The Wintergreen Chamber Music Festival, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, participated three times in the acclaimed Eastern Music Festival, and thrice attended the Hot Springs Music Festival, as both Apprentice and Associate. He has performed with the Broadway Cast of Evita during their national tour, and performed with the National Moravian Society across Germany and the Czech Republic.
Yaniv has performed with Johnny Mathis, Sting, Adam Levine, Josh Groban, Kansas, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Mannheim Steamroller, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Yes, Alan Parsons Project, Jackie Evancho, Cirque Musica, Indigo Girls, Natalie Merchant, Video Games Live, the Irish Tenors, the Little Rivers Band, Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses, and others.
He also maintains an active performance schedule with several Florida orchestras and has performed with The Bach Festival of Winter Park, The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, The Villages Philharmonic, Florida Lakes Symphony, Space Coast Symphony, Brevard Symphony, the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Space Coast Pops, the Craig Turley Orchestra, The Orlando Philharmonic, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, NSCO, FMO, and several others. This season, he will also perform with Symphony of the Americas, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Paducah Symphony in Kentucky.
As an educator, Yaniv is sought after as a guest clinician, maintains a private studio, and has an extensive background in chamber music. He is one of the founding faculty members of Space Coast Symphony's 'Quartet Movement," and taught Music in the Brevard Public School System at the Palm Bay Academy Charter School.
Yaniv currently performs on a contemporary American viola made in 2014 by Jacek Zadlo, with an Canadian-American Bow by Arnold Bone.