Graham Cohen began playing Stravinsky on the piano at age 6, and by age 9 became the youngest winner of the prestigious Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Competition, an honor he has received four times. He is the youngest ever Charlotte Bergen Scholarship Recipient. Since the age of 11 he has been attending the famed Juilliard Pre-College Division in New York City as a student of viola and composition. A prolific composer with over 1,000 works to his credit, Graham has composed numerous works for orchestra; Unexpected Affinities is the first work for reed quintet and orchestra. It is Graham’s fourth collaboration with the MusicaNova Orchestra following his Infernal Fantasy, inspired by an Arizona summer, Hurricane Abigale, the most serious hurricane ever to afflict Graham’s fictional country of New Forest, and the Symphony of Paintings inspired by works from Mondrian, Monet, Breugel and Tom Thomson, which was premiered by the MusicaNova Orchestra to a standing ovation in January 2012. His recent piece Quintessential Dances was selected and performed by the New Jersey Ballet.