Harriet Geraldine Cohen was born and raised in Bad Pyrmont, Germany, and started playing the violin at the age of 6. She was the winner of many national competitions ("Jugend Musiziert") in both the solo and chamber music categories. She has given recitals in Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Japan and the USA and has been broadcast on German public radio. Ms.Cohen holds a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from the "Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst", Frankfurt, Germany, a Performer Diploma from Indiana University and completed postgraduate studies at the Rubin Academy, Jerusalem, Israel. Her teachers include Barbara Rau, Edith Peinemann, Franco Gulli and Hagai Shaham. She attended masterclasses with Ruggiero Ricci, Ulf Hoelscher, Janos Starker, and Yair Kless. Ms. Cohen is currently a resident of the Washington, DC, metro area. She freelances extensively and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Washington Concert Opera, Signature Theatre, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Choral Society, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and the National Gallery Orchestra. Ms. Cohen is a founding member of the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble and Duo Boston, has performed with the Main Street Chamber Players and the Takoma Ensemble and has participated in frequent chamber music concerts all throughout the DC region and the East Coast. She plays an old mid 1700's Italian violin and a bow by contemporary American maker Donald M. Cohen.