Profile: Michael Cochrane

Department of Arts, Culture and Media

Pianist, composer, arranger, and instructor has resided in the Tri-State area since the fall of 1974. He has performed and/or recorded with: Sonny Fortune, Hannibal , Tom Harrell, David Schnitter, Jack Walrath, Eddie Gomez, Valery Ponomorev, Paul Nash, John Clark, Oliver Lake, Clark Terry, Nancy Monroe, Chip White, Michael Brecker, Chico Freeman, Galen Abdur Razzaq, The Spirit Of Life Ensemble, Bob Ferrel, The New World Quintet, Ted Curson, Oliver Lake, Bradford Hayes and many more. Mr. Cochrane has performed in colleges, clubs, and concert halls throughout the United States. In New York, for example, clubs have included The Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil, Bradleys ... halls have included Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tulley Hall and Merkin Hall. His touring experience spans many European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Yugoslavia, Lithuania, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and England. He has also performed in Canada, Japan, Puerto Rico, The Philippines,The Caribbean, and Estonia.

In 1985 Mr. Cochrane received a Master Of Arts Degree with honors from New York University. He has been a part-time instructor at NYU since the fall of 1985. Mr. Cochrane also is a part-time instructor at Princeton University, Rutgers State University (Newark campus) and Bloomingdale School of Music, as well. His teachers have included: Jaki Byard, Eleanor Hancock and the late Madame Margaret Chaloff. He has received two fellowship grants in jazz performance from the National Endowment For The Arts as well as from the The Puffin Foundation and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Mr. Cochrane has fourteen albums as a leader. These include: ELEMENTS (Soul Note SN1151), SONG OF CHANGE (Soul Note 121251-2) and IMPRESSIONS (Landmark 1548), CUTTING EDGE (SteepleChase SCCD314300), GESTURE OF FAITH (SteepleChase SCCD31459), FOOTPRINTS (SteepleChase SCCD31476), MINOR MATRIX (SteepleChase SCCD 31494), QUARTET MUSIC (SteepleChase SCCD 31513), PATHWAYS (SteepleChase SCCD 31542) and RIGHT NOW (SteepleChase SCCD 31627). Mr. Cochrane is the author/composer of a solo piano book and combo arrangements (including scores and parts) which are published by Second Floor Music (distributed by Hal Leonard) and a book of original compositions published by SteepleChase.

He has also written two instructional music books that are published by Charles Colin. Also, he has written an instructional jazz piano exercise book which is published by his own publishing company, Inner Search Music. Currently he has just formed a cooperative quartet called Lines=Of=Reason.