A native of Athens, Georgia, pianist Jacob Coleman is 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 Franklin Cohen, William Ludwig, Jeff Nelsen, Leone Busye, Nancy Ives, Frederick Burchinal as well as the Kenari Quartet. 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 Fest in 2016 and 2017. Other collaborative engagements include the North American Saxophone Alliance and International Double Reed Society conferences.
He comes to the University of Kentucky from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he directed the Collaborative Piano Program and created a new doctoral degree. From 2014-2016, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. During the summer, he is 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.