“A cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joshua Roman has earned national renown for performing a wide-ranging repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level. He is also recognized as an accomplished composer, curator, and programmer, particularly in his work as Artistic Director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series, 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, joining a select group of next generation innovators of unusual accomplishments who show potential to positively affect the world.
The 2013-14 season began in July when Roman was the inaugural Alumnus-in-Residence at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In the fall, Roman gave the San Francisco premiere of Dreamsongs, a new cello concerto written for Roman by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Other highlights include concerto performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and recitals in Napa, CA, Coral Gables, FL, Los Alamos, NM, and Seattle. As a composer, two new Roman works receive world premieres this season, one in Washington, D.C., by the Verge Ensemble, and the other in Seattle as part of the TownMusic series.
A complete musician who is dedicated to performance, artistic leadership, and creation of new works through collaboration, Roman’s work as Artistic Director of TownMusic in Seattle has showcased his eclectic musical influences and inspirations, from chamber music favorites to a host of newly commissioned works. Under Roman’s guidance, the series has offered world premieres of compositions by some of today’s brightest young composers and performances by cutting-edge ensembles. The 2013-14 TownMusic season features concerts by Roomful of Teeth, Enso String Quartet, violinist Karen Gomyo, Latin jazz pianist Pablo Ziegler and soprano Mary Mackenzie, and world premieres of works by Raymond Lustig, Amir Shpilman, Wang Jie, and Roman himself. Beyond TownMusic, Roman’s adventurous spirit has led to collaborations with artists outside of the music community, including his co-creation of “On Grace” with Anna Deavere Smith, a work for actor and cello featuring original music composed by Roman, which premiered in February 2012 at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral and is now performed around the country. The two artists will be in residence at the University of Chicago in January 2014.
Beyond the performance stage, Roman is dedicated to exploring emerging platforms to harness new audiences, in particular social media. He recently completed an ongoing video series called “The Popper Project,” where the cellist performed, recorded and uploaded the complete David Popper’s High School of Cello Playing to his dedicated YouTube channel. His newest YouTube project, “Everyday Bach,” features Roman performing Bach’s cello suites from beautiful settings around the world. He has collaborated with photographer Chase Jarvis on Nikon video projects, and Paste magazine singled out Roman and DJ Spooky for their cello and iPad cover of Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place,” created for the Voice Project. Roman’s outreach endeavors have taken him to Uganda with his violin-playing siblings, where they played chamber music in schools, HIV/AIDS centers, and displacement camps, communicating a message of hope through music.
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, the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, among many others. An active chamber music performer, Roman has collaborated with veterans like Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, Earl Carlyss, Christopher Taylor, Christian Zacharias, and other dynamic young soloists and performers from New York’s vibrant music scene, including the JACK Quartet, artists from So Percussion, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two. He performed Britten’s third Cello Suite during New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival in a pre-concert recital at Avery Fisher Hall, and was the only guest artist invited to play an unaccompanied solo during the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 debut concert at Carnegie Hall.
Oklahoma City native Roman began playing the cello at the age of three on a quarter-size instrument, and gave his first public recital at age 10. Home-schooled until he was 16, Roman then pursued his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Aaron. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance in 2004, and his Master’s in 2005, as a student of Desmond Hoebig, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. He is grateful for the loan of an 1899 cello by Giulio Degani of Venice.
Anna Pavlova is, like many of the most prominent of Russia’s artists to come from its provincial cities, now enjoying the attention of major centers of the arts in Europe. Originally from the rural city of Penza, she has recently drawn audiences with increasing frequency and in growing numbers in Armenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. She has performed with the foremost Russian and Ukranian symphony orchestras under the batons of A. Ivanov (Moscow, Russia), E. Serov (Russia, Volgograd), V. Ponkin (Russia, Krasnodar), I. Kazhdan (Ukraine, Simferopol), as well as with Symphony Orchestra of the City of Cantu (Italy), under conductor O. Balan.
Her artistic formation was greatly influenced by such prominent music teachers as G. A. Grossman, Lev Shugom (Russia), and Oleg Marshev (Austria). Since her first victory at the Blue Bird International Piano competition in 2005 (Ukraine), Anna Pavlova has garnered awards and honors from many prestigious competitions throughout the world including Young Talents of Russia (Moscow); Delphic Games for the Youth (Yerevan, Armenia); the Balakirev Competition (Krasnodar, Russia); the III Troisdorf InternationalPiano Competition (Germany); the Rosario Marciano Competition (Vienna, Austria); and the Princesse Lalla Meryem Competition (Rabat, Morocco). In 2015, she became the Laureate of the Debut International Piano Competition (USA) in the professional category and performed at Carnegie Hall.
Anna Pavlova’s concert repertoire includes the most important piano works of the Classical, Romantic and Modern era composers with a focus on compositions by Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninov.
Anna Pavlova is a member the Piano Department faculty at the Saratov State Music Academy named after L. V. Sobinov (Russia).
Founded in 2012, the professional chamber choir The Thirteen has quickly garnered a reputation of exceptionalism. The Thirteen is an ensemble of 13 professional musicians based in the New York City area, specializing in the masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque, especially the early and middle Tudor periods. The Thirteen performs regularly throughout the northern mid-Atlantic and tours throughout the United States.
A full 2013-2014 season was filled with 16 concerts in seven states and two residencies at universities. Additionally, The Thirteen released two CD’s: Christmas with The Thirteen and …to St. Cecilia - featuring Thomas Tallis’ Gaude gloriosa Dei mater, Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, and Palestrina’s Missa Cantantibus organis Caecilia.
Committed to educating the next generation of musicians, The Thirteen frequently coaches students at the High School and University levels, and has presented at conferences such as the conference of the New Jersey Music Educators Association.
The Thirteen is committed to historically informed performance and is known for programming works infrequently performed by American Choirs, and for their World and North American premieres, of music new and old.
Curtis Stewart & Jannina Norpoth, violins
Nick Revel, viola Amanda Gookin, cello
The New Yorker declared the PUBLIQuartet “independent-minded,” and this engaging ensemble’s creative, interactive programming brings a fresh perspective to the classical music scene, leading Concert Artists Guild to name PUBLIQuartet as the 2013 CAG New Music/New Places Ensemble. PUBLIQuartet draws on jazz, world, and electro-acoustic influences, pairing music from the classical repertoire with contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the stylistic norms of the traditional string quartet.
Upcoming highlights for the 2014-15 season include the Quartet’s April 2015 debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and a collaborative performance with composer and pianist Greg Kallor at New York City’s popular new venue, SubCulture, as well as a showcase opportunity at the annual South Arts (Performing Arts Exchange) Conference in Atlanta. The season started with summer 2014 performances for the Nantucket Musical Arts Society and a residency at the Shouse Institute of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, including a performance at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Current projects include the original concert series MIND|THE|GAP, which connects old and new music by bridging musical content through improvisation; PUBLIQ Access, a new program for emerging composers that launches at the DiMenna Center in 2014; and the Queens College New Music Collective, an annual concert that features world premieres. The ensemble will also be collaborating with the New York based hip-hop poetry trio, The Mighty Third Rail (MTR) during the 2015-16 season on a program entitled Changing Night, which is a contemporary take on the Garden of Eden biblical tale using György Ligeti's String Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”) as its main musical backdrop.
PUBLIQuartet performs in a diverse range of venues—from Lincoln Center and 92Y Tribeca to Rockwood Music Hall and Cornelia Street Café. The group was most recently featured in an interview alongside legendary jazz tubist Bob Stewart for NPR's All Things Considered, regarding their tuba quintet recording and concert at Jazz@Lincoln Center. This same recording was given 4.5 stars and garnered great praise in DownBeat Magazine’s September 2014 issue. Other recent concerts have been presented by American Composers Orchestra, Bargemusic, Queens College New Music Collective, Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, Hobart William Smith Colleges, Fordham University and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.
Formed in spring 2010 as graduates of Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music, PUBLIQuartet aims to present the contemporary voices of New York City with a focus on newly composed works by New York City’s emerging as well as established composers. PUBLIQuartet has collaborated with members of ICE, composer/violist Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin, bandoneonist JP Jofre, jazz tubist Bob Stewart, and jazz clarinetist and composer Don Byron. The ensemble has worked with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, and Brentano String Quartets and with composers Joan Tower and Butch Morris. Residencies include the Juilliard String Quartet Institute, Deer Valley Music Festival's “Emerging Quartets and Composers” program, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, and the Banff Centre.