From: Cincinnati, Ohio. LA Opera: Veils for Desire (2021, debut).

Hailed by Alex Ross and The New Yorker for his “flawless technique and keen musicality,” cellist Coleman Itzkoff enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He has worked alongside conductors including David Allan Miller, Carlos Izcaray, Eckart Preu, and Tomáś Netopil. The gold medalist in the 2017 International Berliner Music Competition, Coleman was a multiple prize winner at the 2016 Irving Klein Competition and in the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition. He has also taken prizes at the Fischoff, Johansen, Blount Slawson, and Young Texas Artist Competitions. In January 2013, Coleman was a featured guest artist for a weeklong residency on NPR’s Performance Today, recording interviews with host Fred Child and a full recital program.

Chamber music is at the heart of Coleman’s musical life, beginning early on with weekly quartet readings with his parents, both professional violinists themselves. At the age of 10, Coleman began attending the Greenwood Music Camp where he began playing with other musicians of his generation and where his love of chamber music deepened. Since that time he has attended a great many summer music festivals including Aspen Music Festival and School, the International Heifetz Institute, La Jolla SummerFest, YellowBarn, and Music@Menlo. Coleman has also had the great honor of collaborating with distinguished artists of older generations, including Pamela Frank, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Cho-Liang Lin, Glenn Dicterow, Lucy Shelton, David Finckel, Johannes Moser, Roger Tapping, Gil Kalish, and Peter Frankl.

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