Introduction

Composer and flutist. Founder of Imani Winds.

Biography

Composer and flutist Valerie Coleman VCOLEMAN is a distinct new voice in American music. Born and raised in the same West End neighborhood of Louisville's legendary boxer, Mohammed Ali, she began her music studies at the late age of eleven.  By the age of fourteen, she had already written three full-length symphonies and had won several local and state flute competitions.  Today, Coleman is the resident composer, flutist, and founder of the Grammy nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds.  Through her ensemble, she has made significant contributions to the world of chamber music.<p>Composer and flutist Valerie Coleman VCOLEMAN is a distinct new voice in American music. Born and raised in the same West End neighborhood of Louisville's legendary boxer, Mohammed Ali, she began her music studies at the late age of eleven.  By the age of fourteen, she had already written three full-length symphonies and had won several local and state flute competitions.  Today, Coleman is the resident composer, flutist, and founder of the Grammy nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds.  Through her ensemble, she has made significant contributions to the world of chamber music.   Her performances and works are heard regularly throughout the country through the touring and via radio, and has received a significant amount of airplay via: NPR's Performance Today, All Things Considered,  The Ed Gordon Show, WNYC's Soundcheck, and MPR's Saint Paul Sunday.  Imani Winds albums: UMOJA (2002), The Classical Underground (Koch 7599), IMANI WINDS, and Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot  all feature Coleman's compositions. She is a recipient of Meet The Composer's 2003 Edward and Sally Van Lier Memorial Fund Award, the Wombwell Kentucky Award for study at the Aspen Music Festival, the Michelle E. Sahm Award for flutists; and has given flute masterclasses at Ithaca College, Utah State University, University of Nebraska, Maplemount Summer Music Festival, Norfolk State University, and many other colleges/secondary schools throughout the entire United States.  VColeman has also enjoyed both flute/composer residencies with Young Audiences NYC, the Chenango Music Festival, the Allegheny Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (as a teaching artist), and a mentorship with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.  She studied flute with Julius Baker, Alan Weiss, Mark Sparks, and Judy Mendenhall; composition with Martin Amlin, Randall Woolf, and Charles Fussell. Recent commissions include: The Hartford Symphony Orchestra,  The San Francisco Chamber Symphony, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Flute-Clarinet Duo Consortium, Blackledge Music Inc., etc. She has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School Music Advancement Program, and Interschool Orchestras of New York.  B.M. Boston University, M.M. Mannes College of Music website: www.vcoleman.com

 

Describe your music

V Coleman's music infuses Contemporary orchestration with jazz, Afro-Cuban traditions, various distinct sonorities found within the African continent, and her African-American heritage into her music.  She is best known for the wind quintet work, UMOJA, which was listed by Chamber Music America as one of the 101 Great American Works.

Recent Works:
Suite: Portraits of Josephine for wind quintet, percussion (2006); CONCERTINO (2007) for piano and orchestra (for San Francisco Chamber Symphony and pianist William Chapman Nyaho); PORTRAITS OF LANGSTON (2007) for flute/clarinet duo (piano acc.)-made possible by the Brannen Cooper Fund; LENOX AVENUE for clarinet, violin, cello and piano; AFRO-CUBAN CONCERTO FOR WIND QUINTET (2004)-available at Internationalopus.com