Joshua Roman Between Airplanes
From center stage in February with the San Francisco Symphony to second cello this week at Seattle's Town Hall, Joshua Roman is racking up two sets of frequent flier miles criss-crossing the country with his cello.
San Francisco Chronicle critic Joshua Kosman called the other Joshua "a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts. His Symphony debut, in fact, was striking in so many ways that it left a listener eager for something more." The "hot-hot 26-year-old cello sensation" (Bay Area Guardian) played Haydn's C major Concerto for his San Francisco debut. Kosman continues, "His technical command was equally impressive, especially in the virtuosic finale. It's rare to hear a cellist tear through this high-flying passagework so beautifully and precisely - with never a note out of tune or out of place - and rarer still to hear it done with such offhanded panache.
Following a homecoming in Oklahoma playing film composer Miklos Rosza's Cello Concerto, Roman hit the west coast again for Golijov and Tchaikovsky in his Santa Barbara Symphony debut. The "Wunderkind of the West" (Santa Barbara News-Press) was spotted last week in violinist Daniel Hope's baroque ensemble at NYC's Highline Ballroom before heading off to Ohio this past weekend for a spin of the Haydn Concerto with ProMusica Columbus. Then back to Seattle, where he is artistic director of the Town Music series, to join the Biava Quartet in Schubert's sublime C major Quintet.
Somewhere between airports, the YouTube star uploaded more etudes to his online video series, The Popper Project, and proposed to his girlfriend. Congratulations to Joshua and Mi Ryung!
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