The critically acclaimed cellist, Emilio Colón, has been described in prose as“ his playing is full of life and warmth” by the American Record Guide has praised his performance as “lively, exciting, expressive and absolutely beautiful.” Fanfare Magazine wrote of the cellist, “Emilio Colón is obviously a virtuoso with taste.” 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, Casals Festival, National Symphony of the Ukraine, National Symphony of Istanbul, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, International Symphony Orchestra of Lviv, Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony and San Angelo Symphony; recitalist for Shanghai Oriental Arts Center in China, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, L’Hermitage Foundation in Los Angeles, Tons Voisin Festival in Albi, France, La Musica International Chamber Festival in Sarasota, Florida, Mill Valley Chamber Music Society, Round Top International Festival Institute and recital tours throughout Europe and Asia.
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 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest and the Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan.
Emilio recently appeared performing on screen for the movie Un Poema a L’Exili “EL PESSEBRE” de Pablo 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.
As an international cultural advocate, he has been guest artist at many national and foreign embassies, recently receiving the US Ambassador’s Cultural Diplomacy Award for his work in improving the relations between the US and foreign countries.
As the founder and artistic director of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico Emilio has won three consecutive awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for providing high impact cultural and artistic experiences for underserved communities in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean, US and Canada through educational programming on CBS, ABC, and One Caribbean Television. A recent review of the festival in the American Record Guide stated, “Colón and the musicians’ sense of style was utterly secure and their playing flawless.”
As a Larsen Artist, Emilio performs using Il Cannone® strings on his Amati cello made in Cremona in 1699 in combination with his Dominique Peccatte, Nicolas Maire or Jean “Grand Adam” bows.