Cellist Colin Stokes has been performing to critical acclaim from a young age. At 17 he was featured in concerts with Yo-Yo Ma at the Baltimore Symphony’s Meyerhoff Hall and Strathmore Hall, which were broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today.
Colin Stokes has appeared on much admired series such as Baltimore’s Second Presbyterian Chamber Series and repeat appearances on Norfolk’s Master Artist Series, Heifetz’ Celebrity Artist Series and Eastman School of Music’s Virtuosi Faculty Showcase Series. He has performed in the Juilliard ChamberFest and Bowdoin International Music Festival’s Virtuoso Performers Series. In December 2009 Mr. Stokes performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Norman Nunamaker. In March 2010 he was winner of the Young Artist Competition at Coeur D’Alene and performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Coeur D’Alene Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Stokes has been lauded for his “eloquence” and the “abandon and ferocity” with which he plays. He is known for his “musical commitment and ardent performance style.” He has had the opportunity to perform with and be mentored by some of the great artists of today including Ani Kavafian, Yo-Yo Ma, Claude and Pamela Frank, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jerome Lowenthal, James Taylor and Yuri Temirkanov.
Colin Stokes completed his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate, an award for excellence in performance, in the studio of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott at the Eastman School of Music. In 2012 Colin completed the Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School with Richard Aaron. Mr. Stokes is currently pursuing his second Master of Music degree in the Contemporary Performance Program at The Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Fred Sherry.
Mr. Stokes is the recipient of the Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, Juilliard’s M. & E. Cohen, Irene Diamond and Stonzek Memorial Scholarships, Eastman School of Music’s Howard Hanson Scholarship and, during his study at Baltimore School for the Arts, Mr. Stokes received the Joan G. and Joseph Klein, Jr. Prize for the Most Promising Performing Artist.
Recent performances include recitals in Paris, New York City and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with pianist Alice Gi-Young Hwang, performances with Le Train Bleu at the Bravo! Vail Festival in Colorado, with Symphoniacs in Berlin and with Sympho in San Francisco and a tour of the Midwest with Arts Fusion Initiative. He has collaborated with the arts journal Music and Literature on performances at issue release events featuring composers profiled in the journal. At the most recent release, Mr. Stokes performed a program of music by Vladimir Godar.
Born in 1987 Colin began his studies at the age of 7 with local teachers in his native Gettysburg in rural Pennsylvania. At the age of 11 he began studies in Baltimore at the Peabody Institute with the teacher who would exert a profound influence on him, Troy Stuart. Mr. Stokes soon moved to Baltimore to study full time with Mr. Stuart at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
From his own experiences performing in his hometown, Colin Stokes strongly believes in the power of forging a personal connection with his audiences. His favorite memories are from performances for people he has known since childhood. In his spare time, Colin enjoys hiking with his family’s three Golden Retrievers, sailing and following in a family tradition of boat building. Mr. Stokes plays on a cello crafted by Carl Becker in 1940.