2016 Artist in Residence cellist Coleman Itzkoff is an alum both of Heifetz On Tour and the 2013 Summer Institute. He currently studies with Heifetz faculty member Ralph Kirshbaum, co-director of the Institute’s new Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar. Coleman is also a former Artist-in-Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today with host Fred Child, recording interviews and a full recital program. He has been prizewinner at the Fischoff, Johansen, Blount Slawson, Beverly Hills Auditions, and Young Texas Artist Competitions and performed solo with orchestras in Ohio, Texas, and California. Coleman has been principal cellist of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Thornton School Symphony Orchestra, among others. He is currently the principal cellist of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra and a co-principal cellist of the LA-based conductorless chamber orchestra Kaleidoscope. Coleman has collaborated with Midori, John O’Connor, Naoko Tanaka, Mark Peskanov, Michael Kimmelman, Richie Hawley, Cho-Liang Lin, James Dunham, Daniel Heifetz, and Jon Kimura Parker. In addition to the Heifetz Institute, Coleman has attended the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and, most recently, La Jolla SummerFest. Coleman plays on a 1740 Gennaro Gagliano cello, generously loaned to him by the Amatius Foundation.
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