Cellist Colin Stokes completed his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate in the studio of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott at the Eastman School of Music. In 2012 Stokes completed the Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School with Richard Aaron. In 2014, Colin continued his studies with Fred Sherry in Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program. 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.”
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. He has also had the opportunity to perform with and be mentored by other great artists of today including Ani Kavafian, Claude and Pamela Frank, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jerome Lowenthal, James Taylor and Yuri Temirkanov.
He 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 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 and with Symphoniacs in Berlin and Hamburg 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 a recent release, Mr. Stokes performed a program of music by Vladimir Godár.
Upcoming performances include US and European tours with Symphoniacs, a Lincoln Center residency with Arts Fusion Initiative and a performance of Elgar Concerto and Philip Lasser’s Vocalise with Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra.