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Joshua Roman

New York, NY         

“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 is 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. 



In the 2013-14 season, Roman gave the San Francisco premiere of Dreamsongs, a new cello concerto written for Roman by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. In January 2014, the cellist revisits “On Grace,” a work for actor and cello he co-created and performs with Anna Deavere Smith, when the two artists are in residence at the University of Chicago. Through this season’s TownMusic series, Artistic Director Roman showcases his eclectic musical influences and inspirations, presenting concerts by Roomful of Teeth, Enso String Quartet, violinist Karen Gomyo, Latin jazz pianist Pablo Ziegler and soprano Mary Mackenzie, and commissioning world premiere of works by Raymond Lustig, Amir Shpilman, Wang Jie, and Roman himself. 



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, and the Mariinsky Orchestra, among many others. An active chamber music performer, Roman has collaborated with Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad 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.