Eugene Kohn began his career as piano accompanist to Maria Callas, Franco Corelli, Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Tebaldi. His formal conducting studies began with a five-year, full-time apprenticeship as the protégé of the Metropolitan Opera's Fausto Cleva. He then served for two years as assistant to Thomas Schnippers, and subsequently worked on the central German orchestral repertoire with Erich Leinsdorf.
After several years of intensive activity with regional opera companies and orchestras, Eugene Kohn debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1980, conducting 'La Gioconda'. James Levine subsequently re-engaged him for several important works and he gained further experience as guest conductor in many of the world's major opera houses, (Wiener Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Berlin Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Paris Opéra la Bastille, Teatro dell'opera di Roma, San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Liceu de Barcelona, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, etc) as well as prestigious orchestras worldwide.
From 1992 to 1997 Maestro Kohn was Principal Guest Conductor of the Bonn Opera, under GianCarlo del Monaco. He was entrusted with such major productions as 'Der Rosenkavalier', 'Don Giovanni', La Fanciulla del West', 'Otello' and 'Fidelio'. Kohn currently divides his time evenly between opera and symphony, and for several concurrent seasons has been Music Director of the Puerto Rico Symphony. He has increased the repertoire there with cycles of Bartók and Stravinsky, and the Mahler Symphonies, and the orchestra has achieved noteworthy growth and musical development under his leadership.
Maestro Kohn's work with Plácido Domingo is the continuation of a long and fruitful collaboration. The two have made several videos and recordings, including EMI's award-winning 'Roman Heroes'. They have appeared together worldwide in opera and concert on five continents. They can be heard on EMI's 'Opera Gala' CD with Ruth Ann Swenson, Thomas Hampson and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Eugene Kohn can also be heard as piano accompanist to Maria Callas on EMI's 3-CD release 'The Master Classes'.