Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy® nominated flutist and composer.  Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Coleman had a love for music at an early age and took great interest in playing the flute. She started her formal music education in the fourth grade and by age fourteen she had written three full-length symphonies and won several local and state competitions, as well as participating as a flutist in her local youth orchestra.  Coleman earned degrees in theory/composition and flute performance from Boston University, and a Masters Degree in flute performance from Mannes College of Music.  After college, Coleman created the woodwind ensemble, Imani Winds; a group in which she toured with for over 20 years.  Recently named Performance Today’s 2020 Classical Woman of the year, she is an alumna of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two Fellowship program and laureate of Concert Artists Guild competition. Coleman is listed as “one of the Top 35 Women Composers” in the Washington Post, and recently became the first African-American woman to be commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2019. Her work, UMOJA, was listed by Chamber Music America as one of the “Top 101 Great American Ensemble Works”.  Both her compositions and performances are regularly “on the air” on radio and television stations across the globe, and her compositions are published by Theodore Presser and her own publishing company, VColeman Music.