On February 12 and 14, Joshua Roman takes the stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the first time, performing Dvořák’s beloved Cello Concerto under the direction of Slovakian conductor Juraj Valčuha. During a recent performance of this work, Joshua used “poise and tenderness as his angle of attack, painting Dvorák’s brooding melodies with golden retrospection and mellowness of tone,” according to The Scotsman.
The program also includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture, Wagner’s “Prelude und Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde, and excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen. Find tickets and more information here.
Joshua Roman joins pianist Andrius Žlabys at the Kimbell Art Museum in First Worth, Texas for a recital on Thursday, February 4. This concert, which is presented by the Cliburn, replaces a cancelled performance.
J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 2 opens the evening’s program, followed by Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 and Argo Pärt’s Fratres. The Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 by Johannes Brahms closes the performance. Find more information here.
When Joshua Roman launched the Illinois Philharmonic’s present season with the world premiere of Awakening, his own first cello concerto and the orchestra’s inaugural commission, the Chicago Classical Review pronounced it “a substantial and compelling work. Skillfully varied with an attractive vein of lyricism, the composer maintains interest throughout the concerto’s contrasted sections.” The publication later named it the Best Premiere of 2015.
Now Joshua reunites with conductor David Danzmayr at the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Awakening’s co-commissioner, for three Ohio performances: in Worthington on January 23, Columbus on January 24, and Athens on January 25. The concerts also include Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso in D Minor “La Folia” (after Corelli) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.
Joshua Roman joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to present the Texas premiere of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Friday, January 8 through Saturday, January 10.
After a “world-class world premiere” (Seattle Times) with the Seattle Symphony last season, Joshua recently gave the concerto’s first Oklahoma performances with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. According to the Oklahoman, “The work’s dedicatee proved to be a real champion of this contemporary piece, one that is destined to become Roman’s persuasive playing ably captured the finale’s jaunty nature, a lilting quality that was infectious,” continuing to say that that ”His encore…further cemented Roman’s reputation as one of classical music’s most intriguing stars.”
The evening’s program also includes Mason Bates’s Mothership and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”. Find tickets and more information here.
Following his 2011 appointment as TED Fellow, Joshua Roman has been named a Senior Fellow, continuing his relationship with the global nonprofit as part of a select group of next generation innovators of unusual accomplishments who show potential to positively affect the world. As part of the TED Fellowship Program, Joshua will participate in four future conferences and continue to receive guidance and mentorship from the TED community, known as a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, connection and innovation.
Joshua’s performances on the TED mainstage have included “The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain”, an improv collaboration with legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones and singer Somi, as well as Halvorsen’s “Passacaglia” with violist Robert Gupta.