Charles T. Cozens is an award winning, internationally known arranger, orchestrator, composer, conductor, music director and producer. Labeled by the Canadian Press as “one of Canada’s premiere 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.
Mr. Cozens has guest conducted most orchestras in Canada from coast to coast, conducted in Moscow for several orchestral recordings and recently had the honor of the being the first Canadian conductor in history to be invited to conduct in Cuba. His concert April 10, 2013 with the Villa Clara Symphony Orchestra was a huge success.
Mr. Cozens has also performed as a conductor and arranger for many celebrities including Elton John, Janelle Monae, Divine Brown, Serena Ryder, RyanDan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Molly Johnson, The Nylons, The Canadian Tenors, The Canadian Brass and Quartetto Gelato to name a few.
Mr. Cozens is recognized as an expert in orchestral conducting for the recording environment. In January 2007, he was invited to be a Guest Keynote Speaker at the International Conductors Guild Conference in Toronto Canada, lecturing on “Conducting For The Recording Orchestra”. This lecture has subsequently been published by the International Conductor’s Guild.
Widely prolific, Mr. Cozens has over 90 CD recordings to his credit as conductor, composer, arranger, pianist and producer for such labels as Universal, Sony, CBC SM 5000, Attic, Avalon, Reflections and Jazz inspiration.
An accomplished pianist and accordionist, Mr. Cozens twice won the Open Canadian Accordion Championship in 1968 and 1969, and subsequently represented Canada in the Coupe Mondiale 1969 in New York City, where he placed among the top ten concert accordionists in the world. As a pianist, he as performed many recitals both classical and jazz, and has had the pleasure of performing with Henry Mancini, Ertha Kitt and Cab Calloway.
Other special career highlights have included a Command Performance for HRH Queen Elizabeth as an Arranger and Composer (London, 1984 with the Hamilton Youth Concert Band), and as Conductor for The Duke Of Edinburgh Awards, HRH Prince Philip (Toronto, 2004: Mozart and Bach program with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra).
Always involved in the advancement of modern musical concepts Mr. Cozens was invited to be a member of the Advisory Committee for Humber College, Music Degree Program (Toronto), has been a consultant to Roland Music Corporation among others and currently sits on the board of directors for the Canadian Music Competitions (CMC).