- F.R.N.C.M., Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 2000
- M.M., Master of Music, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 1968
Arnaldo Cohen graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with an honors degree in both piano and violin, while studying for an engineering degree. He became a professional violinist in the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Orchestra but continued his piano studies with Jacques Klein, a disciple of William Kapell, and later with Bruno Seidlhofer and Dieter Weber. He was the first-prize winner of the 1972 Busoni International Piano Competition.
He has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Royal Philharmonic, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, under the baton of leading conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. He has also played numerous recitals all over the world. He has performed as a member of the Amadeus Piano Trio as well as with the Lindsay Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, Orlando Quartet, and Vanbrugh Quartet. His recordings, for several labels, include works by Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, and Brazilian composers.
Professor Cohen is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He took part in several juries of international piano competitions, including the Chopin and Busoni Competitions.