Igor Kogan is a versatile bass player, composer, orchestrator and film scorer who has performed with various orchestras and ensembles, including The Israeli Big Band (Tel Aviv), Ramat Gan Symphonic Orchestra (Israel), NYU Symphonic Orchestra. He composes original music for film and theater; he co-orchestrated songs for the new Korean musical “Dr.Butterfly” (2013), wrote the music for “Parallel Universe” dance project led by New York choreographer Erin Bomboy, scored short indi-films (“Abandon”, “The Prayer”) and commercial TV/radio advertisements.
Born in Russia, Kogan immigrated to Israel at the age of 15 where he simultaneously pursued his interest in science and music. As an adolescent, he first discovered jazz and began play bass, writing his first tunes and arrangements.
He has performed at prestigious venues and festivals in U.S, Europe and Israel, including Jazz at Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall (NYC), Bern Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival workshops, Givataim Jazz and Ramat ha-Golan Jazz festivals; and appeared at Zinc Bar, Smalls and Fat Cat Jazz Clubs (NYC), the Barby Club and the Shablul Jazz Club (Israel) among other venues as a leader and as a sideman with Valery Ponomarev, Jerome Jennings, Mamiko Watanabe, Anat Cohen, Oleg Butman, Yaacov Mayman, Joey Morant, Leonid Ptashka, Sanya Kroitor, Filip Novosel quartet, Gilad Chatzav Trio, Eyal Lovett Trio, Bilongos Israeli Latin Band, to name a few.
As a film composer and orchestrator, he has produced music and sound design for short films, trailers, commercials, video games, internet content.
Igor Kogan received a scholarship to attend an innovative collaborative program between The Center for Jazz Studies at Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, from which he graduated with honors and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Performance and Composition. His teachers include legendary bassists Reggie Workman and Mike Richmond; LeeAnn Ledgerwood, Kirk Nurock and Bill Kirchner with whom he studied jazz composition and arranging. Further, he studied classical composition, conducting and orchestration with Rudolph Palmer and Roger Mahadeen; film scoring with Sonny Kompanek and George Fontennette.