24-year-old Cellist Colin Stokes has been performing to critical acclaim from a young age. At 17, he was featured on NPR’s Performance Today for concerts with Yo-Yo Ma at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Hall and Washington DC’s Strathmore Hall. Mr. Stokes has been lauded for his “eloquence” and the “abandon and ferocity” with which he plays. A member of the jury at Eastman School of Music that awarded him the Performer’s Certificate said “I admire [his] musical commitment and ardent performance style…[we] should pay to hear [him].”
Colin Stokes has performed in North America and Europe, including concerts on much admired series such as Baltimore’s 2nd Presbyterian Chamber Series, repeat appearances on Norfolk’s Master Artist Series, Heifetz’ Celebrity Artist Series and Eastman School of Music’s Eastman Virtuosi Faculty Showcase Series. He has collaborated with some of the great artists of today including Ani Kavafian, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor and Yuri Temirkanov.
A popular collaborator with contemporary composers, Colin is sought after for his commanding and faithful interpretations. He has premiered works by composers Joungbum Lee, Jen Bellor, Robert Pierzak, Matt Barber and Michael Myounghoon Lee. He has also worked with composers Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and John Williams on their own music.
He has received valuable insight and mentorship from such great artists as Claude and Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jerome Lowenthal, Yuri Temirkanov and Ani Kavafian. He is the recipient of 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.
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 to commute to Baltimore to study with the teacher who would exert a profound influence on him, Troy Stuart. Mr. Stokes later moved to Baltimore to study full time with Mr. Stuart, a dedicated teacher and mentor who spent several hours each day working with Colin.
Colin Stokes graduated in 2010 from the studio of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott at the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate, a special award presented after his third year for excellence in performance. Mr. Stokes currently continues his studies at The Juilliard School in the Masters program with Richard Aaron.
Colin plays on a cello crafted by Carl Becker in 1940.