DR Donna Coleman

DR Donna Coleman


  • Music (visual art, language, psychology, film, photography, education)



  • Donna Coleman’s keyboard artistry is recognized worldwide, having earned for her prestigious honors including the Solo Recitalist Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts (USA), Second Prize in the first Rockefeller Foundation International American Music Competition, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in Music for touring and lecturing in Australia, three Rockefeller Foundation grants for touring in the United States, and a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe University, to name just a few. She is renowned for her interpretations of the music of Charles Ives, with two acclaimed recordings on the Etcetera label, one of which, the "Concord" Sonata (KTC 1079) received France’s Diapason d'Or and Editor’s Choice upon release. In his review, Christian Tarting states, “This Second Pianoforte Sonata . . . finds here its most convincing recorded version, due to its assertion, the assurance in its manner of effectively carrying out each detail, its analytical finesse.” Bruno Serrou, writing for Compact (Paris) declares the recording “a very beautiful twentieth-century piano recording, an important piece of the ‘Ivesian’ puzzle.” James H North reviewed Coleman’s recording of the Piano Sonata No. 1 (KTC 1147) for USA’s Fanfare Magazine and calls it “grand and sweeping, strong and confident, filled with charm and overflowing with joy. It immediately becomes my preferred version.” She maintains an unswerving devotion to the music of the USA’s greatest composer by regularly programming his music in concerts framed by its philosophical, historical, and cultural context, and has created The Charles Ives Trio to further this mission. Coleman’s interest in the nineteenth century background for Ives’s music evolved into the Rags to Riches series of recordings (ABC Classics) for which Australia’s Soundscapes awarded its Editor's Choice to Volume I, A Syncopated Century. Havana to Harlem (Volume II) was released in July 2005. In 2010 OutBach® released Don’t Touch Me, the solo pia   



Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • • Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Long-Term Professional Development Leave Grant, July-December 2013 • Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, University of Melbourne, AU$7,100.00 Teaching and Learning Fund grant for 2009 Visiting Artist Gary Nesteruk, studio recording artist from Los Angeles CA • University of Melbourne Research Support Fund grant, $5,000 for acquisition of the complete Recent Researches in American Music collection, May 2008 • VCA Professional Development Grant, $4,000 to present a Dancing With the Piano workshop by invitation, International Society for Music Education conference in Bologna IT, May 2008 • Wilin Centre for Indigenous Art and Development funding for OutBach® project involving Tom E Lewis, April 2007 • VCA Professional Development funds offset in-house recording costs for CD of the Danzas Cubanas by Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes, June 2006 • Pro Helvetia (Swiss govt.) grant to Swiss composer-percussionist, Fritz Hauser, to commission new work conceived & proposed by Donna Coleman, for herself and Melbourne-based Speak Percussion, 2009 premiere, August 2005 • L’Istituto Italiano di Cultura, $5,000 grant for May 2005 Visiting Artist Residency of Italian piano/violin duo Franco & Federico Agostini, Sept 2004 • VCA Long-term Professional Development Grant, replacement teaching costs during my concert tour in Europe and USA, April-July 2002 • L’Istituto Italiano di Cultura, $3,000 grant to the School of Music for the Visiting Artist Residency of Italian pianist Marco Schiavo, September 2001 • Australia Council grant to commission Mark Pollard for new work, June 1997 • National Endowment for the Arts (USA), $2,000 grant to support my October 1995 performance at the Manly Jazz Festival • Juniata College Professional Development grants: o to perform Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata at The Sonneck Society annual convention, Baton    


Education and training

  • DMA, University of Rochester 1987
  • MM, University of Michigan 1976
  • BFA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1974

Awards and honors

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship, 1992
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship, 1992
  • Diapason d'Or and Editor's Choice, Diapason magazine, Paris, for Charles Ives "Concord" Sonata recording released by Et'Cetera Records, 1990
  • Not in List, 1984
  • National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship, 1984
  • National Guild of Piano Teachers International Piano Recording Competition Grand Prize and Medal, 1981
  • Rockefeller Foundation John F Kennedy Center International American Music Competition, 1978



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