Ady Cohen is an award-winning film composer who also composes music for the stage, TV, and the concert hall. Coming from a family of musicians, most of them with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, he was naturally drawn into the music world and became a protégé of the late Maestro Leonard Bernstein at an early age. He has composed over 50 film scores and written the music for hundreds of TV films and series, commercials, jingles, theater plays, and dance performances. His concert music has been performed around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
As a composer who specializes in dramatic music, Cohen’s unique ability to compose in different musical idioms, combined with his sensitivity to atmosphere and nuance, has led him to work in diverse genres including drama, comedy, action, suspense, thriller, children, teens, narrative as well as experimental films, and animation. His passion for animation and mastery of this genre has moved audiences worldwide, as is proven by the millions of YouTube views of his work.
Throughout his long career, Cohen has mastered all aspects of music production from composing, arranging, and orchestrating to playing various instruments, score preparation, copying, MIDI mock-up preparations, conducting, recording, editing, and mixing, as well as using contemporary DAWs and electronic instruments. He collaborates with musicians from different countries and cultures, with symphony orchestras and choirs, and with pop, jazz, rock, folk, and ethnic players.
Recipient of multiple awards including the following:
"My patron and mentor, the late Maestro Leonard Bernstein, once said, 'If you ask yourself, should I be a composer? the answer can only be no.' You don't choose this profession; it chooses you. I want to help my students to get to the point where they will be able to achieve such a realization."
"We artists must use our influence to fill our world with art and music, and make it a gentler, more cured place, where people would use their ears, eyes, minds, and hearts to overcome their differences and conflicts."
"Music is a natural thing, an authentic creation; it is like water or light. We, the composers, the musicians, are the messengers who have the talent/power/abilities/magic (or whatever you wish to call it) to translate this abstract, natural essence into something concrete, tangible, which anyone could listen to and enjoy on different levels. That’s why we, the musicians, need to be able to connect with the intangible, with the yet unknown, with the mysterious embryo, and bring it to life, give it life, make it breathe, walk, move, and talk in a language others can perceive."
"Music can never be created according to an instruction manual; it can only be created by our ability to connect with that which makes us not technocrats, but social and spiritual beings. We should learn and master the rules of communication, as laid before us by previous generations and cultures, theory of music and history of music. But this is only a part of what we must do. The essential part—finding our real, true, authentic inspiration—is what I will try to open my students’ minds and hearts to."
"In my work as a composer, I have seen how technology has been redefining the entire field of music production. We must acknowledge this development by striking a new balance between technology as a tool and the human touch."
"The issue of copyright is no less important to us as creators of new content. I believe that it's crucial to keep the torch of originality burning and to encourage it by stressing the idea that there will never be a shortage of ideas. It's up to us to be able to find and realize them."