The immensely talented Oklahoma native Joshua Roman is a solo cellist, accomplished composer, and curator whose performances embrace musical styles from Bach to Radiohead. Roman was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015 and is currently the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-In-Residence. His Armstrong debut opens our 2023-24 Season with a focus on bold, dynamic, virtuosic young artists that are exciting a new generation of concert-goers and reminding the seasoned audience why we love classical music.
“… a cellist of bold character and poetic grace … a masterful player who brings curiosity and electrical energy to every note.”
“He regaled the enthralled house with an encore best described as a spontaneous combustion of styles, performed with all the intensity of a rock guitar soloist. This was a dazzlingly fast, improvisatory romp through folksy fiddling, furious strumming and chording, and staccato percussive effects I never thought possible with a cello. Was that smoke I saw rising from his bow?”
“The soloist was Joshua Roman, a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts. His Symphony debut, in fact, was so striking in so many ways that it left a listener eager for something more. … 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.”
San Francisco Chronicle