Coleman Itzkoff21 year-old cellist Coleman Itzkoff has recently earned his Bachelor of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he was a student of Desmond Hoebig. In the fall of 2014, Coleman will be enrolling at USC’s Thornton School of Music to pursue a Masters in Musical Performance under the guidance of David Geringas and Ralph Kirshbaum. An increasingly busy chamber music and recital schedule has brought him to the country's major music festivals and competitions, among them Bowdoin, Music@Menlo, Sarasota Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival & School, and the Heifetz Institute.

As a student of Indiana University Professor Eric Kim, he was Principal Cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, and won that group's Concerto Competition in both 2007 and 2009, appearing at Music Hall with the CSYO and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in concerti by Tchaikovsky and Haydn. Coleman has been a prize-winner at the Fischoff, Johansen, and Blount Slawson Competitions. Coleman has twice been soloist with the Middletown Symphony, playing concerti of Brahms and Saint-Saens, has been guest soloist of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and made his debut with the Dayton Philharmonic at the gala opening of their 2009-2010 season, playing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.

Since enrolling in Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Coleman has enjoyed many successes and performances. In the Summer of 2011, Coleman performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor with the Aspen Concert Orchestra after winning the Aspen Music Festival & School’s low-strings competition. 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 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. Most recently, Coleman performed Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra on their final concert of the 2013-14 season.

This performance marks Coleman Itzkoff's La Jolla Music Society debut.

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