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About Joshua

Bio

Dubbed a “Classical Rock Star” by the press, cellist Joshua Roman has earned a national reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level. For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, he was named a 2011 TED Fellow.

Among recent highlights, Mr. Roman was guest artist for the Seattle Symphony’s opening night gala, as well as debuted with the San Francisco Symphony, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the Mariinsky Theatre as a concerto soloist. He has performed duos with Yo-Yo Ma at the State Department, at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway and other premiere events. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Roman has presented concerts at San Francisco Performances, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Caramoor Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, and on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago. Beyond performance, Mr. Roman is Artistic Director of TownMusic in Seattle where he creates programs that feature new works and reflect the eclectic range of his musical influences and inspirations. In 2009 Mr. Roman was the only guest artist invited to play an unaccompanied solo during the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s debut concert at Carnegie Hall. 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.

Mr. Roman is grateful for the loan of an 1899 cello by Giulio Degani of Venice.

Languages

English

Education

  • Cleveland Institute of Music; Music Performance, 2000 - 2005

Job Titles

Cellist

Skills and interests

Food, Music, Yoga, meditation, relationships, languages

About Joshua Roman’s work

"On Grace" is a collaboration with Anna Deavere Smith. First performances took place in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral, February 2012. This is a work in progress, with potential for development and more performances. Set in Anna's verbatim interview re-enactment style, the meaning of "Grace" is explored through the eyes of various characters of local and religious/philosophical background. Music plays a central role in directing the reflections between and during the various characters. I perform music on my cello, and interact with Anna through the piece. To be continued!!

Companies and organizations

Opus 3 Artists, 21C Media Group, Town Hall Seattle (TownMusic Chamber Series)

Projects

On Grace

"On Grace" is a collaboration with Anna Deavere Smith. First performances took place in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral, February 2012. This is a work in progress, with potential for development and more performances. Set in Anna's verbatim interview re-enactment style, the meaning of "Grace" is explored through the eyes of various characters of local and religious/philosophical background. Music plays a central role in directing the reflections between and during the various characters. I perform music on my cello, and interact with Anna through the piece. To be continued!!

Joshua Roman on the TED blog

How This Talk Came To Be

Bill T. Jones and two TED Fellows create a work of art … in two days

May 7, 2015

Three artists. One five-minute performance. Less than 48 hours. No, this is not a math problem. It was the scenario presented to choreographer Bill T. Jones, cellist Joshua Roman and vocalist Somi at the start of the TED2015 conference. June Cohen, TED’s executive producer of media, offered a challenge to these three: Could they craft […]

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Creative ignition: A recap of Session 7 of TED2015

March 18, 2015

Bill T. Jones performs a collaborative improv with music from cellist Joshua Roman and vocalist Somi, at TED2015: Truth and Dare, Session 7. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED Where does creativity come from? In Session 7 of TED2015, we explore its bounds in design, art, dance, music, data visualizations and urban planning. Stay beginners. “As humans, we get used […]

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Out of this world: A recap of the stellar talks in Session 4 of TED2015

March 18, 2015

“When our ancestors looked up at the night sky, they saw tools for navigation. They saw myths, and they saw the heavens,” says June Cohen, the host of Session 4 of TED2015. “But technology has given us so many new clues. … Space exploration has never been as fascinating and relevant as it is today.” Here’s […]

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