Handel and Haydn Society Name New Artistic Director

By David Salazar
(Credit: Sam Brewer)

The Handel and Haydn Society has named Jonathan Cohen as its 15th Artistic Director.

The two-time Gramophone Winner and Grammy nominee will take on the role in 2023-24. The company noted that at 44, Cohen, who is the Music Director of Les Violon du Roy and Artistic Director of the Tetbury Festival, is one of the youngest people to take on the role in the organization’s history.

Cohen, who is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the early music ensemble Arcangelo, made his Handel and Haydn Society debut back on Feb. 27, 2022 in a concert that included music by Haydn and Beethoven. He recently performed music by Vivaldi, CPE Bach, and J.S. Bach earlier this year and kicked off the new season with music by Bach. He will also lead the Christmas performance later this year.

“Working with H+H is a dream come true, allowing me to work collaboratively with some of the most skilled and passionate musicians on the planet to create beautiful performances that will leave a lasting impact on our audiences,” Cohen said in an official press statement. “I look forward to sharing my love and passion with future audiences and creating moving and memorable experiences in the concert hall.”

Cohen takes over for Harry Christophers. His contract runs through 2027-28.