“A cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joshua Roman has earned national renown as a cellist for performing a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level. He’s also recognized as an accomplished curator and programmer, particularly in his work as Artistic Director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series, with a vision to engage and expand the classical music audience. For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, Roman was named a 2011 TED Fellow.
During the 2014-15 season, Joshua Roman gives the world premiere of a new cello concerto by Mason Bates with the Seattle Symphony under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and then performs the work again with the Columbus Symphony under Rossen Milanov. In the role of Artistic Director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series, Roman showcases his eclectic musical influences and inspirations, presenting concerts by the NOW Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, and the Deviant Septet as well as Seattle premieres of several new works. In the 2013-14 season, Roman gave the San Francisco premiere of Dreamsongs, a new cello concerto written for him by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He also revisited On Grace, a work for actor and cello he co-created and performs with Anna Deavere Smith, when the two artists were in residence at the University of Chicago. As Alumnus-in Residence at the Music Academy of the West, he lead the August premiere of we do it to one another, a nine-part song cycle based on Life on Mars, a collection of poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith.
Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. Since that time he has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Mariinsky Orchestra, among many others. An active chamber music performer, Roman has collaborated with Cho-Liang Lin, Asaad Brothers, Christian Zacharias, the JACK Quartet and members of So Percussion. He recently completed an ongoing video series called “The Popper Project”, where Roman performed, recorded and uploaded the complete David Popper’s High School of Cello Playing to his dedicated YouTube channel (youtube.com/joshuaromancello). His newest YouTube project, “Everyday Bach,” features Roman performing Bach’s cello suites from beautiful settings around the world. Roman was the only guest artist invited to play an unaccompanied solo during the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 debut concert at Carnegie Hall. He is grateful for the loan of an 1899 cello by Giulio Degani of Venice.
Joshua Roman last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2013.