Dubbed a "Classical Rock Star" by the press, cellist Joshua Roman has
earned a reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with an
absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its
most organic level.
Since winning the principal chair in the cello section of the Seattle
Symphony at the age of 22, he has become a favorite of Seattle music
lovers, with sold out solo and chamber performances throughout the city.
When not performing in or in front of a Symphony Orchestra, Joshua is
likely to be found on the stage of a club, performing music as varied as
jazz or rock, as well as chamber music or a solo sonata by Kodaly or
Bach. His fearless pursuit of new challenges has led him to expand his
horizons and embark full-time on his growing solo classical career. His
interest in and exploration of new music have led Joshua to work with
many composers in performance of concerti, chamber music, and solo
works, including works of his own. Among the composers with whom Joshua
has collaborated are Samuel Adler, Gabriela Lena Frank, Syd Hodkinson,
Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Schoenfeld and David Stock.
As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Seattle Symphony,
Spokane Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Cleveland Institute of
Music Orchestra, and the Wyoming Symphony. The 2008-09 season includes,
among others, performances with CityMusic Cleveland, the Edmonton
Symphony, Quad City Symphony, Stamford Symphony, and a return to the
Seattle Symphony for the premiere of the David Stock Cello Concerto.
In addition to his solo work, Joshua is an avid chamber music performer
and has enjoyed participating in the Seattle Chamber Music Society. In
the spring of 2007 Joshua was named Artistic Director of TownMusic, an
experimental chamber music series at Town Hall in Seattle, which allows
him to create programming that reflects the many influences on his music
making. He also has enjoyed collaborations with musicians such as Sergei
Babayan, Earl Carlyss, Franklin Cohen, Desmond Hoebig, William Preucil,
Ann Schein, Joaquin Valdepenas, and Christian Zacharias.
Joshua's desire to communicate takes him beyond diverse concert venues.
In the summer of 2006 in response to his own growing awareness of the
atrocities in Africa — specifically Rwanda — he traveled
with his violin-playing siblings to Uganda where they played chamber
music in schools, HIV/Aids centers and displacement camps, bringing a
message of hope through music.
Joshua began playing at the age of three. He studied with Lacy McLarry,
concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, beginning his cello
studies on a 1/4 size cello. He played his first public recital at the
age of ten. Homeschooled until the age of 16, when he left to pursue his
musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joshua received his
Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance in 2004, studying with Richard
Aaron. In 2005, he also received his Master's degree from CIM, studying
with Desmond Hoebig, principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Joshua frequently performs on cellos from the collection of David Fulton.