Hailed by the Los Angeles times for his “astonishing prowess,” cellist Coleman Itzkoff enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber & orchestral musician, and educator. Coleman most recently received the Gold Medal in the 2017 International Berliner Music Competition, and was a multiple prize winner at the 2016 Irving Klein Competition and the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition. He has also been prize winner at the Fischoff, Johansen, Blount Slawson, and Young Texas Artist Competitions. He has performed solo with numerous orchestras across the country, the most recent of which was his Walt Disney Concert Hall concerto debut.
Coleman is currently the principal cellist of the American Youth Symphony and the USC Symphony Orchestra and is a regular sub with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Coleman has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Midori, John O’Connor, Richie Hawley, Cho-Liang Lin, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Johannes Moser, and Daniel Heifetz. Coleman is a regular performer at the Brooklyn concert series Bargemusic and has performed at festivals around the country, including Aspen Music Festival and School, the International Heifetz Institute, La Jolla SummerFest, YellowBarn, and Music@Menlo.
Aside from his performing career, Coleman is a gifted educator and communicator, teaching and performing outreach concerts in schools, community centers, and hospitals around the county. Coleman received his BM from Rice University and his Master’s Degree at the Thornton School of Music at USC under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum. He performs on a Paul Siefried bow on loan to him from the Maestro Foundation and on 1740 Carlo Antonio Testore Cello, generously loaned to him by the Newman family of Los Angeles.