Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Coleman Itzkoff comes from a long line of musicians on both his fathers (Itzkoff) and mothers (Yenney) sides. At the age of 12, Coleman began studying with the then-principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Eric Kim. Under Mr. Kim’s guidance, Coleman was a prize-winner at the Fischoff, Johansen, and Blount Slawson Competitions, and soloed with local orchestras such as the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
In 2010, Coleman began his studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, under the guidance of Desmond Hoebig. In 2012, Coleman represented the Shepherd School at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., performing Kodaly’s solo Cello Sonata. Later that year Coleman took home both the Gold Medal in the String Division as well as the overall Entergy Grand Prize at the Young Texas Artists Competition. In January 2013, Coleman was invited for a weeklong artist residency with NPR’s Performance Today with host Fred Child, recording interviews, and a full recital program. He finished his undergraduate career with a performance of Dvorak’s magnificent Cello Concerto in B minor, with the Shepherd Symphony Orchestra.
Coleman is now pursuing a Master’s Degree at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where his teachers are David Geringas and Ralph Kirshbaum.
An avid chamber musician, Coleman has collaborated with distinguished artists such as John O’Connor, Naoko Tanaka, Richie Hawley, Cho-Liang Lin, Desmond Hoebig, James Dunham, Daniel Heifetz, and Jon Kimura Parker. He has been to festivals around the country, including Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowdoin Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and the International Heifetz Institute. He was invited to perform with the 2014 La Jolla Summerfest fellowship ensemble, the Pegasus Trio. The trio gave several performances throughout the festival, to critical acclaim, and Coleman also participated in the world premiere of a work by Howard Shore, titled ‘A Palace Upon the Ruins.’