Jean-David Coen is a professor of piano and music history at Willamette. He received the first prize from the Paris Conservatory, and has degrees from the Julliard School, Yale University and the University of Southern California.
Coen started his studies with Jack Previn (conductor Andre's father) and continued with Adele Marcus. Further extensive work with Jeanne-Marie Darre, Sascha Gorodnitzky, and Claude Frank familiarized him with the great French, German, and Russian traditions. Jean-David's doctoral work with renowned artist/teacher John Perry culminated in his becoming a faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival, a member of the Board of Trustees, and Perry's assistant for 24 years.
His performances have been featured numerous times on National Public Radio. He has collaborated frequently with artists such as violinist Robert McDuffie and cellist Yehuda Hanani. Coen has been a visiting professor of music at the Thornton School at U.S.C. and has toured China with Trio Oregon. His 2008 performance of the Beethoven Diabelli Variations at the Aspen Festival concluded a four-year-long cycle of Beethoven's piano works.
Jean-David has taught students who have won numerous international prizes including several recent Gilmore awards. In Oregon, Jean-David's students have won all major state competitions and he has adjudicated and been clinician for the last three years of OMTA Classical, Romantic and Baroque festivals. Jean-David resides in Portland with his daughter Isobel.