Hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for his “flawless technique and keen musicality,” cellist Coleman Itzkoff enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. A Prize winner at the 2019 Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition, Coleman made his professional debut at the age of 15 with Ohio’s Dayton Philharmonic and has since appeared as soloist with orchestras and in chamber music series countrywide. Coleman demonstrates versatility and command of a wide variety of musical styles, equally comfortable with Renaissance and Baroque music played on period instruments as he is with the eclectic and evermore technically challenging music of today.
Recent season highlights include performances with the Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), Mason Home Concerts, The Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Caramoor, Texas’s Sarafim Music, and Virginia’s Moss Art Center. Amidst the pandemic, Coleman has continued making and sharing music through his website and social media, as well as collaborating with various online music series and institutions. Future projects include recitals of baroque and early classical music, several commissions from composers, performing virtually for hospital patients in collaboration with Project: Music Heals US, and continuing his studies as an Artist Diploma candidate at The Juilliard School.
Among the distinguished artists with whom Coleman has worked are conductors David Allan Miller, Carlos Izcaray, Eckart Preu, Roderick Cox, and Tomáś Netopil. In addition to the Ima Hogg , Coleman’s honors and awards include being a multiple prize winner at the 2016 Irving Klein Competition and in the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, as well as at the Fischoff, Johansen, Blount Slawson, Aspen Concerto Competition, 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.