A native of Athens, Georgia, pianist Jacob Coleman is the Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at the University of Kentucky School of Music. As a collaborator, Dr. Coleman has performed with artists such as violinist Elmar Oliveira, Cleveland Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Franklin Cohen, bassoonist William Ludwig, St. Louis Brass member Jeff Nelsen, trumpeter Jens Lindemann, flutist Leone Busye, as well as the Kenari Quartet and Zohn Collective. As a vocal coach he has held staff positions with the University of Georgia Opera Theater and the Astoria Music Festival. He has served as the official pianist for the Mid-South Flute Festival since 2016 as well as for ProjectoBone Brasil and National Trumpet Competition in 2019. Other collaborative performances include the North American Saxophone Alliance and International Double Reed Society conferences. In November of 2016, he was a semi-finalist in the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition.
As a soloist, Coleman gave the Georgia premiere of Augusta Read Thomas' Two New Etudes. In April 2016, he premiered a new work by Lansing McLoskey for oboe and piano with oboist ToniMarie Marchioni at Spectrum.
Most recently he was on faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he directed the Collaborative Piano Program and created a new doctoral degree for the program. From 2014-2016, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music . From 2013-2018 he was a member of the piano staff at the Meadowmount School of Music founded by Ivan Galamian. Dr. Coleman holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (DMA, Collaborative Piano), University of Oregon (MM, Collaborative Piano), and University of Georgia (BM, Piano Performance). His primary teachers were Richard Zimdars, David Riley, and Anne Epperson.