Maestro Charles T. Cozens is an award-winning, internationally known arranger, orchestrator, composer, conductor, music director, and producer. Labelled by the Canadian Press as “one of Canada’s premier arrangers”, Mr. Cozens won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 1986 National Workshop Arranger’s Competition. Since then, major orchestras in North America and Europe have performed his orchestral arrangements consistently to critical acclaim, and he has been continuously recognized, with numerous awards and nominations.
Winner of the Established Performing Artist Award from the Mississauga Arts Council, he has also been nominated for the Dora Award and the Chalmers Award in Composition. His 2006 album Balance was nominated for a Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.
Widely prolific, Mr. Cozens has over 200 CDs to his credit as conductor, composer, arranger, pianist, and producer, for prestigious recording labels such as Universal, Linus, Sony, CBC SM 5000, Attic, Solitudes, Avalon, Reflections and Jazz Inspiration.
Mr. Cozens special career highlights have included a Command Performance for HRH Queen Elizabeth as an Arranger and Composer, and as Conductor with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, HRH Prince Philip.
Maestro Cozens has guest conducted many of Canada’s leading symphony orchestras including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Mississauga, members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia in both pops and concert music idioms.
International orchestras include the Russian National Cinema Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, members of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Villa Clara Symphony Orchestra (Cuba), Chicago Philharmonic, Cleveland Pops Orchestra and Dayton Philharmonic (USA).
Other conducting credits include numerous television and film soundtracks, CD recordings, and over 40 theatrical productions including Fiddler on The Roof, Beauty and The Beast, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, Anne Of Green Gables, Man of La Mancha, and The King And I.
Recent collaborations include arrangements, orchestrations, and conducting for The Practically Hip, The Canadian Tenors, Eleanor McCain with David Foster, and The Stratford Festival Orchestra.
He has also enjoyed writing for such luminaries as The Canadian Brass, Quartetto Gelato, Rosemary Clooney, Louise Pitre (Mama Mia, Broadway), Michael Burgess (Les Miserables), and The Nylons. He has also scored numerous successful symphonic pops shows including Broadway Today, Bending the Bows, and Harlem To Hollywood starring Michael Danso.
Recently, Mr. Cozens completed scoring two innovative concert programs to rave reviews for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; the first for Canadian Country Music star Lindi Ortega, in concert with the WSO, and then a new symphonic pop show for Canada’s legendary rock icon Randy Bachman, entitled “Randy Bachman’s Symphonic Overdrive.”