Artist Bio

Coleman Itzkoff, cello

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “astonishing prowess,” cellist Coleman Itzkoff enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and educator. Itzkoff has been a featured Artist-in-Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today and has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras across the country, recently giving his Walt Disney Hall concerto debut. He enjoys playing in the orchestra, as well, and is currently the Principal Cellist of the American Youth Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Midori, John O’Connor, Richie Hawley, Cho-Liang Lin, James Dunham, and Daniel Heifetz. Itzkoff is a regular performer at the Brooklyn concert series Bargemusic and has performed at festivals around the country, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, the International Heifetz Institute, La Jolla SummerFest, and Yellow Barn 2015. Aside from his performing career, Coleman Itzkoff is a gifted educator and communicator, teaching and performing outreach concerts in schools, community centers, and hospitals around the country. Through this work, he was recently awarded the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Award in recognition of his contributions and performances for patients in the clinic. This summer’s engagements include appearances at the Piatigorsky Festival, the Irving Klein Competition, and the Heifetz Institute. Itzkoff received his B.M. degree from Rice University and his master’s degree at the Thornton School of Music at USC under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum.