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. Colin Stokes is part of the internationally based electro-classical project Symphoniacs and he spends much of his time traveling and performing in Europe.
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 and in 2014, Colin continued his studies in cello and electronic music with Fred Sherry and Todd Reynolds 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.”
As a member of the electro-classical collective Symphoniacs, Colin Stokes has performed in many of the most important European classical venues including the Munich Philharmonie, Stuttgart’s Beethovensaal, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle and Frankfurt’s Alte Oper. At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Symphoniacs ushered in 2017 performing for nearly 1 million people as the headline act for the largest New Year’s Eve party in Europe. Symphoniacs has performed at other major venues such as Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, Bush Hall in London, Düsseldorf’s Messehalle, Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle. Televised broadcasts of his performances reached over 45 million people in 2016 alone.
When not traveling with Symphoniacs, Colin lives in New York City and is active in the classical music scene. He can be found on recent albums by jazz/world music artists Petros Klampanis and Magda Giannikou and is currently working on a video collaboration with Brooklyn-based composer, Yoav Shemesh.
In addition to performing, Colin Stokes is active as a teaching-artist. As a member of Bridge Arts Ensemble, Colin spends several weeks a year in the underserved public school districts of the Adirondack Park region of New York State performing and giving workshops in electronic music and composition. Mr. Stokes has also worked with thousands of students in western Kansas in his capacity as Co-Artistic Director of ArtsFI.
Colin began his studies at the age of 7 in his native Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At age 11 he began lessons 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.
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 a month long tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, an appearance at the International Live Music Conference in London and televised performances on Heidi Klum’s Germany’s Next Top Model, The Helene Fischer Show, ARD’s Morgenmagazin and ZDF’s Fernsehgarten with Symphoniacs, two weeks as a guest artist at the soundSCAPE festival in Maccagno, Italy with Eastman Broadband Ensemble and frequent guest appearances on the off-Broadway production of Curvy Widow.
Upcoming performances with Symphoniacs include a tour of China and performances in Frankfurt and Berlin. Other upcoming concerts include chamber music with members of ArtsFI at the inaugural Gowanus Chamber Series, a recital with pianist Sophie X. Zhang at Lex54 and performances with the Zohn Collective in the US and Mexico.