Lulu Performing Arts presents: Robert Cohen, cello and Patricia Tao, piano

Lulu Performing Arts Society

Press Release

Tuesday, January 23 2018

This season will be Patricia Taos’ third appearance on Gabriola. In 2008 and 2010 she performed here with Trio Voce. This season Tao is touring with Robert Cohen, and we are fortunate that we could bring them to Gabriola. With the Phoenix auditorium unavailable we are presenting this concert in a more intimate setting. Tickets are limited so purchase early, you don’t want to miss this concert.

Robert Cohen made his concerto debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall, London. During thirty-five years of his distinguished international career, Cohen has been hailed as one of the foremost cellists of our time. Cohen made his recording debut at age 19 with the Elgar Cello Concerto and London Philharmonic (EMI) which earned a silver disc. He has recorded extensively for BIS, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and Decca.

Cohen is an inspirational conductor and teacher and has given masterclasses at conservatoires throughout the world. His passionate views on the art of learning, performing and communicating music have been widely published. From 2000-2012 Cohen was Professor of Advanced Solo Studies at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, and in 2010 became Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. The Royal Academy of Music Cohen Lectures were launched in 2014. Cohen’s High Performance Soloist Course at the Accademia Perosi, Italy started in 2016.

Pianist Patricia Tao, founding member of the Guild Trio for ten years, leads an active career as performer, teacher, and concert organizer. As pianist of the prize winning Guild Trio, she performed throughout the United States and Europe and was awarded the position of Trio-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Centre. As a soloist, Dr. Tao toured Europe and the United States as an Artistic Ambassador under the auspices of the USIA and for Columbia Artist’s Community Concerts series. 

Dr. Tao received her undergraduate education at Harvard University, a master’s degree with distinction from Indiana University and her doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where her principal teachers were Leonard Shure, Gyorgy Sebok and Gilbert Kalish. She has given master classes at numerous schools in North America, Europe and China and has held performance residencies in East Hampton, NY, Stony Brook University, and the University of Virginia. She is Professor of Music at the University of Alberta, where she teaches piano and chamber music. 

Join Lulu Performing Arts on Sunday, February 4th, 3:00pm, at 1051 Pat Burns for an afternoon of fantastic music! 

Advance tickets are $25 at North Road Sports and Clothing, $30 at the door, and $10 for Youth (16 & under). For more information please visit or email See you at the show!