Kohn began playing the piano as a child in Vienna and, after he, at the age of 13, immigrated to the United States, continued his education at the New York College of Music (1940-1944) and at Harvard (Bachelor, Master of Arts) where he studied composition with Walter Piston, Irving Fine, and Randall Thompson.
He is West. M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at Pomona College where he taught for over forty years. His students at Pomona included Douglas Leedy, David Noon and Susan Morton Blaustein as well as, privately, Frank Zappa and John McGuire. Kohn played in the United States premier of Boulez"s Structures together with the composer.
Kohn"s own works have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Oakland Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, on the San Francisco Symphony"s Musica Viva series, at the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles (Kohn served for two decades on the board of directors of the Monday Evening Concerts), and in concerts and broadcasts throughout the United States and abroad.
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Board of directors Monday Evening Concerts, Los Angeles, 1963-1985. Served as technical sergeant United States Army, 1944-1946, PTO. Member College Music Society.
Married Margaret Case Sherman, June 23, 1950. Children: Susanna Margaret, Emily Elizabeth.