Since joining the Colorado Symphony, he has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra on several occasions, including performances of concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi, and Michael Daugherty.

Active as an educator, Mr. Cognata has been on the faculty of the Lamont School of Music of Denver University since 1991, and has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has given master classes at the Aspen Music Festival, the University of Western Michigan, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been heard in recital at the Lamont School of Music, as well as in performances with the Lamont Faculty Woodwind Quintet.

Mr. Cognata received his B.F.A. in Music from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also did undergraduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. While pursuing his B.F.A. in Music, he spent summers as a student at the Aspen Music Festival. His primary teachers were Leonard Sharrow, Sidney Rosenberg, and Ryohei Nakagawa.