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Cohen and Berraondo to orchestrate vows in Spain

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Zachary Cohen and Nerea Berraondo

Zachary Cohen and Nerea Berraondo will wed on March 7 in a ceremony conducted by Javier Ilundain at the Palacio de Guendulain in Pamplona, Spain.

Mr. Cohen, 30, is the Principal Bassist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from The Julliard School. He has performed a guest artist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Berlin as well as Les Dissonances in Paris.

Mr. Cohen, who also plays Principal Bass of the Knight Chamber Orchestra based in New York City, has worked closely with a wide array of artists including Edgar Meyer, Richard Goode, and members of the Cleveland, Mendelssohn and Guarneri Quartets. He is the founder of the Rustbelt Salon, an extemporaneous venue for musicians to play and experiment with breaking musical boundaries and genre restrictions.

Zach Cohen is the son of Dr. Martin Victor Cohen and Henriet Nadler Cohen of Riverdale. Dr. Cohen works as a psychologist in Manhattan and is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian/Weil Cornell hospital. Mrs. Cohen currently works as a clinical psychologist and is an Iyenger Yoga teacher.

Nerea Berraondo, 25, is an opera singer from Pamplona, Spain.

At the age of 25, Ms. Berraondo has already sung internationally in world renown concert hall and opera houses, with some of the most prominent orchestras and conductors, including Teatro Real in Madrid, Chile Opera, and New York Philharmonic, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Alan Curtis, and Eduardo Lopez Banzo.

Ms. Berraondo is a daughter of Raquel Piudo and Tomas Berraondo of Pamplona, Spain. Her mother is a nurse at the Hospital of Navarra. Her father worked as Director of the Employment Department of Navarra.

The couple met in Barcelona, Spain, when Mr. Cohen was on sabbatical from his position of Principal Bass of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Knights Chamber Orchestra studying and performing in Europe. Ms. Berraondo, a Spanish contralto, was concertizing in Europe and had just moved from Pamplona to Barcelona for the year to finish her singing degree.

The couple formed an ensemble called Aldatu. Following Aldatu’s first concert at the Huesca Music Festival, they were given a recording contract to make an album of the vocal music of Biagio Marini with the Arsis record label.

Last March, the Spanish government honored Ms. Berraondo with the Best Young Barouque Singer award.

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