Paul Coletti Viola
Biography
Teaching Biography
Paul Coletti began full-time teaching as Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at age 24 at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. One year later in 1985 at age 25, he was appointed Head of the Strings at the University of Washington, Seattle, making him the youngest Head of Strings in the world. He has also been an instructor at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Guest Professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and Head of Chamber Music at UCLA. He is now in his 12th year of teaching at the Colburn School. Coletti has given masterclasses and residencies in North and South America, Australia, Asia, and throughout Europe. Among the locations are the Toho and Geddai Universities in Japan, the Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories, Rice, Brigham Young, Baylor, Toronto, McGill, Indiana and Columbia University, London's Guildhall School, Berlin's Hans Eisler Conservatory, and the Chicago Institute. His students hold teaching positions of prominence worldwide, such as at the Colburn Academy, and CSPA, Oxford University, Stony Brook University New York, San Francisco Conservatory, and Yale University.
Biography
Paul Coletti enjoys a prolific career as a performer, composer, professor and recording artist. Born 1959 in Edinburgh to an Italian family, Paul Coletti began viola lessons when he was 8 years old and at 18 became a student of Alberto Lysy at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. Subsequently after three years of study in North America at CCM, Cincinnati, The Banff Center, and Juilliard, he returned to the Menuhin Academy as professor of viola and chamber music. During his years as a student, Coletti performed in over 100 concerts as a soloist with Alberto Lysy throughout Europe, North and South America; on CD and in collaboration with Lord Menuhin in Paris, Bern, Zurich, Gstaad, at the Edinburgh Festival and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. A highlight was performing under Menuhin's baton in Berlin in 1983 on live Eurovision TV. The Berliner Morgenpost wrote ''Paul Coletti gave an extroverted, technically brilliant performance of Bartok's concerto for viola''.

At 23, Paul Coletti made his New York, San Francisco and Edinburgh Festival debuts. The New York Times wrote, “The violist Paul Coletti is a remarkable musician with a distinct artistic personality that is entirely his own. Although Mr. Coletti has an impeccable technique, there is nothing ostentatious about his playing; the mastery is there and needs no promotional fanfare. He is an elegant artist who enhances all he plays.” The San Francisco Examiner wrote, “He reminds me of a few times when I had the privilege of hearing the great William Primrose at his best”.

As a soloist, Coletti has performed in every major European capital, frequently on the BBC, NHK, Classical Arts and NPR's St Paul Sunday. He is a constant guest at numerous international music festivals, with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Soloists, the Berlin and Hannover Radio symphonies, the Naples and Belgrade Philharmonic, Collegium Academicum Geneva, the BBC Scottish orchestra, and with personalities André Previn, Gerard Schwarz, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Pepe Romero, Dawn Upshaw, Claude Bolling, Menahem Pressler, and former supreme court justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Paul Coletti has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Berlin Philharmonie, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Suntory Hall, and a televised concert at the 4th-century San Miniato Cathedral al Monte in Florence. He has been a featured soloist at the International Viola Congresses of Chicago (where he performed on the greatest collection of violas ever assembled including Paganini's Stradivarius viola), Seattle, Tempe, AZ, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Redlands CA.

In his role as conductor / soloist he has performed all over the world, premiering several of his own works,including his arrangements of Paganini, Tertis, Rachmaninov, and his reconstruction of Bach's ''lost'' viola concerto. In 1997 he made his full orchestral debut conducting an all Mozart program in front of 2,000 people with the New Japan Philharmonic in Ikebukuro Hall, Tokyo. A frequent guest on television, Mexican TV in 1989 programmed his recital from San Miguel de Allende. In 2000 NHK Japan broadcast a ninety minute documentary on his pioneering group Typhoon. In 2015 Paul Coletti signed a long-term agreement to guide musical education initiatives with the prestigious De Tao Masters program in China.

Mr. Coletti has performed with groups including Trio Celeste, the Claude Bolling jazz trio, Camerata Pacifica, The Chamber Music Societies of Lincoln Center, Boston and Washington, Dallas Chamber Music International, Prussia Cove, Toronto Summer Music, and the Shanghai, Australian, Carmina, Muir, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Pacifica, Cypress, Calidore, Calder, Fine Arts, Miro, Orford, and Chillingarian string quartets. As a musical personality he has been featured in The Strad, Classical Music, Strings magazine, and in books such as 'The History of the Viola' by Maurice Reilly, 'The Violin', by Yehudi Menuhin, and 'An Anthology of British Viola Players' by John White.

A prolific recording artist, Coletti has won accolades for his Hyperion recording English Music for Viola, which won best CD awards from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines and was named one of the 100 best CDs of all time. With the Menuhin Festival Piano Quartet he recorded the complete Brahms piano quartets which won the ’Forderpreiz’ in Zurich for the best chamber music recording of the year and his recording of Nicholas Maw’s flute quartet was nominated for a Grammy award. In Japan his group Typhoon reached No.1 in the classical charts with three of the group’s many CDs. Typhoon performed over five hundred sold-out concerts and two hundred children’s shows, and is seen frequently on TV. His 2013 recording of Paul Chihara’s concerto with the Colburn orchestra inspired Fanfare Magazine to write, "I don't believe there is a better violist currently on the musical scene today, and few that can match the standard set by this artist.”

Mr. Coletti currently is professor at the Colburn school in Los Angeles. At age 25 he was appointed Head of Strings at the University of Washington which made him the youngest Head of Strings in the world. Two years later he became professor at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Other positions include guest visiting professor at UMKC, Kansas City, and Head of Chamber Music at UCLA. He has given master classes internationally at the Guildhall School, London, the Chicago Institute, Toho school in Tokyo, the Shanghai Conservatory, Hans Eisler, Berlin, McGill, Northwestern , Rice, Baylor, Texas, Florida, Brigham Young, Colorado and Columbia University, and throughout Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. His students hold positions of prominence in every facet of the musical world. Additionally he has been a jury member of many international competitions such as the ARD in Munich, Max Rostal in Berlin, New York's Young Concert Artists, and the 3rd International Violin competition in China, and the Primrose Competition. As a contestant he won top prizes at Naumberg, Tertis and at age 21 won the Golden Harp at the Belgrade 'Jeunnesse Musicale' viola competition. Since then Coletti has won several prestigious awards with his wife Gina for their commitment to music education, including co-producing 'The Viola Show' on public access television, and Viola Fest which each year brings together 120 young violists. The Coletti's were honored in 2007 as ''Civic Honorees'' by the Los Angeles City Chambers.

His compositions are performed worldwide and include "Three Pieces for Viola and Piano" published by Oxford University Press, "Anima Mundi" for viola and orchestra. He has also been editor of viola works by Rebecca Clarke for OUP. In 1997 ANA airlines, Japan, featured his chamber music on its in-flight entertainment. The ABRSM, Royal Schools of Music in Britain, offers 'From My Heart' in its 2012-15 syllabus. Among the many composers who have written for him, most notable is the solo sonata of Michael Hersh, and Bruce Miller's viola concerto which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

In 1994 Coletti started composing, innovating and performing on electric viola. This led to a music video 'Dreamocean' that was filmed and produced on the Scottish Isles featuring narration by actor Leonard Nimoy. During the following decade he performed on pop CD's, in jazz clubs, in tango shows, and music videos, halls such as Avery Fisher in New York and clubs such as Dark Star, Sidewalk cafe, and the Knitting Factory, at Sony Plaza, the Grand Canyon, St Barths, and in 1998 on CNN, televised live from the Argentine consulate in New York.

In addition to Menuhin and Lysy among his many teachers have been Sandor Vegh and Don McInnes, both to whom he was an assistant, Felix Galimir, Raphael Hillyer, Lillian Fuchs, William Lincer, Dorothy Delay, Felix Andriewsky, Johannes Eskar, Jimmy Durrant, Lorand Fenyves, Gyorgy Sebok, Anna Chumachenco, Janos Starker and Zoltán Székely.

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Paul Coletti enjoys a prolific career as a performer, composer, professor, and recording artist. Since 2003 he has taught at the Colburn School. Previous appointments include the Peabody institute, UCLA where he was Head of Chamber Music, and the University of Washington where at 25 he was Head of Strings. He has given master courses throughout the world.

As a soloist, Coletti has performed in every major European capital, frequently on the BBC, NHK, Classical Arts and NPR's St Paul Sunday. He is a constant guest at numerous international music festivals, with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Soloists, the Berlin and Hannover Radio symphonies, and the New Japan Philharmonic. Paul Coletti has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Suntory Hall, and at historic sites such as the 4th-century San Miniato Cathedral in Florence. He has been a featured soloist at the International Viola Congresses of Chicago (where he performed on Paganini's Stradivarius viola), Seattle, Tempe, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Redlands CA. Coletti's conducting debut was with the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra in Tokyo.

A prolific recording artist, Coletti has been Grammy nominated, and has won accolades for his Hyperion recording English Music for Viola, which won best CD awards from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines and was named one of the 100 best CDs of all time. As a member of the Menuhin Festival Piano Quartet, their recording of Brahms piano quartets won the ’Forderpreiz’ in Zurich for Europe's best chamber music recording of the year, and in Japan with his pioneering group Typhoon, 2 full length DVD's were released, and three Sony CD's reached No.1 in the classical charts.

In 2013 Fanfare Magazine wrote, "I don't believe there is a better violist currently on the musical scene today, and few that can match the standard set by this artist.”

At 23, Paul Coletti made his debuts in New York, San Francisco and at his hometown Edinburgh Festival. The New York Times wrote, “The violist Paul Coletti is a remarkable musician with a distinct artistic personality that is entirely his own. Although Mr. Coletti has an impeccable technique, there is nothing ostentatious about his playing; the mastery is there and needs no promotional fanfare. He is an elegant artist who enhances all he plays.” The San Francisco Examiner wrote, “He reminds me of a few times when I had the privilege of hearing the great William Primrose at his best”.

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In 2013 Fanfare magazine wrote ''I don't believe there is a better violist currently on the musical scene today''. Paul Coletti enjoys a prolific career as a performer, composer, professor, and recording artist. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland to Italian parents, he now lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the Colburn School. The New York Times wrote, “The violist Paul Coletti is a remarkable musician with a distinct artistic personality that is entirely his own. Although Mr. Coletti has an impeccable technique, there is nothing ostentatious about his playing; the mastery is there and needs no promotional fanfare. He is an elegant artist who enhances all he plays.”