JOSHUA ROMAN, CELLO
*Please note that the February 26 concert in Highlands Ranch will feature pianist Peter Mathys, winner of our Young Artists Concerto Competition, who will play the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, 1st movement, in place of soloist Joshua Roman.
Experience Shostakovich as you may not have heard him before—jazzy and lighthearted. Friedrich Gulda’s eclectic and virtuosic Cello Concerto will be played by star cellist Joshua Roman, recently named a TED Fellow as part of the global conference on innovation. The concert concludes with Schubert’s magnum opus, the “Great C Major.”
6:30 PM - Pre-Concert Talk in Macky Auditorium: Cellist Joshua Roman will be interviewed by Keith Waters, CU Associate Professor of Music Theory specializing in jazz history and improvisation.
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Dubbed a “Classical Rock Star” by the press, cellist Joshua Roman has earned a national reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level. Before embarking on a solo career, he was principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony for two seasons, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, he has been selected as a 2011 TED Fellow, joining a select group of Next Generation innovators who have shown unusual accomplishments and the potential to positively affect the world.
Roman’s 2009-10 season engagements include debuts as concerto soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the Albany, Arkansas, and Santa Barbara Symphonies, the New Philharmonic Orchestra in Illinois, Oklahoma’s Signature Symphony, and Kentucky’s Lexington Philharmonic. In recent seasons he has performed with the Seattle Symphony, where he gave the world premiere of David Stock’s Cello Concerto, as well as with the Symphonies of Edmonton, Quad City, Spokane, and Stamford, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, among others. In 2008, Roman performed Britten’s third Cello Suite during New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival in a pre-concert recital at Avery Fisher Hall. In April 2009, he was the only guest artist invited to play an unaccompanied solo during the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s debut concert at Carnegie Hall.
Committed to making music accessible to a wider audience, Roman may be found anywhere from a club to a classroom, whether performing jazz, rock, chamber music, or a solo sonata by Bach or Kodály. His versatility as a performer and his ongoing exploration of new concertos, chamber music, and solo cello works have spawned projects with composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Mason Bates, and Dan Visconti.
Joshua Roman was named “Musical America’s New Artist of the Month” in August 2009. He is grateful for the loan of an 1899 cello by Giulio Degani of Venice. Visit his website at www.joshuaroman.com.