A native of Oklahoma City, Joshua Roman began playing the cello at age three and gave his first public recital at age ten. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in February 2010 and returns this season as a Shenson Young Artist.
Before embarking on a solo career, Mr. Roman spent two seasons as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at age twenty-two. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, New World Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, among others. An active chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as Andrius Zlabys, Cho-Liang Lin, Duo Assad, Earl Carlyss, Christian Zacharias, and Yo-Yo Ma.
In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Roman makes his Detroit Symphony debut, and performs his own cello concerto, Awakening, with the Princeton Symphony. In Europe, he performs Lutosławski's Cello Concerto with the Szczecin Philharmonic of Poland. Other season highlights include performances of his work Tornado with the JACK Quartet with San Francisco Performances, Town Hall Seattle, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. In recent seasons he made his debut at the Spoleto Festival USA and gave performances of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto (dedicated to Mr. Roman), with the Seattle, Portland, Berkeley, Spokane, and Memphis symphonies. Mr. Roman has also undertaken collaborations with dancer Huang Yi, composer-pianist Lera Auerbach, photographer Chase Jarvis, and DJ Spooky.
Mr. Roman serves as Artistic Director of TownMusic in Seattle and was recently appointed the inaugural Artistic Advisor of the contemporary streaming channel Second Inversion, launched by Seattle's KING-FM. In the summer of 2016 he took on the role of Creative Partner with the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts. Also in 2016 Mr. Roman performed at the Kennedy Center Arts Summit and was a member of the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors artists committee. He was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015. His YouTube series, “Everyday Bach,” features Mr. Roman performing Bach’s cello suites in beautiful settings around the world.
Mr. Roman performs on an 1899 Giulio Degani cello.