“I am thrilled to join the energetic and endlessly creative team at Second Inversion and KING-FM. Together we will help share the journey of musical exploration in the 21st century with a wide and engaged audience, and challenge long-held notions of the role of performers, presenters and audience. I’ll be hosting music on the stream, contributing to the blog at secondinversion.org, initiating video projects in Seattle and around the country, sharing my performance recordings from around the country, and collaborating with the programming team on the vision of the project.”
(Photo Credit: Hayley Young)
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’s also recognized as an accomplished curator and programmer, particularly in his work as Artistic Director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series and an appointment in 2015 as the first Artistic Advisor of Seattle’s Second Inversion, 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.
The 2014-15 season sees Roman celebrate two global premieres: a concerto by Mason Bates with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, and a work for string ensemble by Timo Andres, with Roman on the podium. Other upcoming performances include the Columbus Symphony and Rossen Milanov, a chamber program of works by Lera Auerbach at San Francisco Performances with Auerbach and violinist Daniel Hope, a solo performance on the TED2015 main stage, and appearances with the Illinois Philharmonic, Canton Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and Westchester Philharmonic. Roman continues his critically acclaimed TownMusic series with concerts by NOW Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, and Deviant Septet. Notable performances of last season include the San Francisco premiere of Dreamsongs, a cello concerto written for Roman by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra; “On Grace,” a work for actor and cello he co-created and performed with Tony Award-nominated actress Anna Deavere Smith when the two artists were in residence at the University of Chicago; and the world premieres of two new Roman compositions, one in Washington, DC, by the Verge Ensemble, the other in Seattle as part of the TownMusic series.
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, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, and Mariinsky Orchestra, among many others. An active chamber music performer, Roman has collaborated with Cho-Liang Lin, Assad Brothers, Christian Zacharias, the JACK Quartet, and members of So Percussion. His ongoing YouTube series (youtube.com/joshuaromancello), “Everyday Bach,” features Roman performing Bach’s cello suites from beautiful settings around the world. He was the only guest artist invited to play an unaccompanied solo during the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 debut concert at Carnegie Hall. Roman is grateful for the loan of an 1899 cello by Giulio Degani of Venice.