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Click here to visit the Ralph Kohn Music website. Ralph Kohn at the pianoRalph Kohn began his musical studies in Amsterdam with the violin, trained by a member of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.  He subsequently became interested in vocal music and studied in Rome with Maestro Manlio Marcantoni and thereafter worked with Charles Wadsworth in New York.  Vocal training was continued in London with Helen Isepp, Otakar Kraus and Derek Hammond-Stroud.  Ralph Kohn has given numerous recitals and performances with orchestras in the UK and abroad, including concerts in London at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

For radio, he has recorded songs and cycles by Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann, Mahler, Duparc, Vaughan Williams and Kilpinen.  He has been accompanied by – amongst others – Martin Isepp, Geoffrey Parsons, Sir Charles Groves and Paul Hamburger.  London appearances include performances of Bach Cantatas and the Fauré Requiem at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John’s Smith Square.  Amongst his recordings are a Beethoven lieder recital accompanied by Roger Vignoles, Italian baroque arias and Bach cantatas with the English Chamber Orchestra and a recent recording included the world premier of lieder by Robert Kahn together with song cycles by Brahms and Mahler.  He has recorded Schubert’s Winterreise, Die schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang; Schumann’s Dichterliebe; Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte; Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesselen; and Kindertotenlieder and songs by Ravel, all accompanied by Graham Johnson.  As Chairman in 1997, he initiated the Wigmore Hall International Song competition.  He is on the Board of Curators of the Bach-Archiv, an Honorary Fellow of the Chorherr Foundation of St Thomas Leipzig; an Honorary Trustee of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.  Recently, he was appointed an International Governor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  He was elected in 2006 as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society F.R.S.

He has had the Degree of Doctor of Music honoris causa conferred on him by Manchester University (from where he also obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD).

He described his life and work in 2003 as a guest of Sue Lawley on Desert Island Discs.

In 2011 Sir Ralph was presented with the Medal of Honour of the City of Leipzig for his Bach-related activities.

John Eliot Gardiner – Monteverdi – Millenium Bach Pilgrimage (2000)
Royal Institution – Sir Henry Dale Prize 2002-2004 inclusive
Wigmore Hall International Song Competition sponsored by Kohn Foundation (1997 onwards – bi-annually)
Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize (2006 onwards – annually)
Imperial College – Sir Ernst Chain Prize (2003-2008 inclusive) and Kohn Award Lecture (2010 onwards) The 2013 prize winner is not on Imperial’s website – it was Sir Gregory Winter, Master of Trinity
College Cambridge
Royal Society – Kohn Award (2005 onwards)
Nature/Kohn Foundation joint venture – John Maddox Prize (2011 onwards)

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Bach Prize
Ralph Kohn at the Bach Prize award evening.