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Emilio Colon

Professor of Music (Cello)

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East Studio Building, JS225



  • M.M., Master of Music, Indiana University, 1989
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, 1986

Emilio Colón’s performances have been described in prose as “lively, exciting, expressive and absolutely beautiful.” (American Record Guide) and recently Emilio was awarded, “2017 Artist of the Year” by the New York Classical Music Society.
Performing throughout the world, Emilio has been invited as soloist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, Casals Festival, National Symphony of the Ukraine, National Symphony of Istanbul, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony and San Angelo Symphony; recitalist for Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Tons Voisin Festival in Albi, France, La Musica International Chamber Festival in Sarasota, Florida, Mill Valley Chamber Music Society and recital tours throughout Europe and Asia. He recently appeared performing on screen for the movie Un Poema a L’Exili "EL PESSEBRE" de Pau Casals y Joan Alavedra which received the Best Picture Award at the 2014 REUS International Festival in Spain. His recordings are featured on the Enharmonic, Centaur, Zephyr, Klavier and Lyras labels.
At the age of 26, Emilio was appointed to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and has since established himself as a highly sought-after pedagogue. He has been invited to offer courses at the Paris Conservatoire, Geneva Conservatoire, Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, Royal Academy of Music in London, Hochschüle für Musik in Stuttgart, Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and Toho Gakuen in Tokyo, Japan. Recently he was invited to adjudicate the prestigious 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest. As a D’Addario sponsored artist, he performs using their strings on his Amati cello from 1700.
As the founder and artistic director of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, Emilio is giving back to his homeland through this innovative new project, providing high impact cultural and artistic experiences to underserved communities in Puerto Rico.