“A cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joshua Roman brings his wide-ranging répertoire to the Downtown Concert Series stage on September 26th at historic St. Peter’s Church at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ.  He has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a renowned performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator, and programmer. 

An 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. 

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.

A complete musician who is dedicated to performance, artistic leadership, and creation of new works through collaboration, Roman’s work as Artistic Director of Town Hall’s TownMusic Series 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.

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.  “We’re excited to bring to our series an extraordinary musician who shares our commitment to connecting to audiences. He’s the new face of classical music - completely engaging and thrilling to watch” says Mark Hyczko, Artistic Director of the concert series.

Joshua will be joined on stage by Grammy nominated pianist Andrius Žlabys. Andrius has received international acclaim for his appearances with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras.

Tickets for the concerts are $25 and $10 for students 18 years and younger. A Season Subscription is available. Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance.  The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.  A reception honoring the artists will be hosted by Investors Bank (21 West Main Street, Freehold) following the concert.

The Downtown Concert Series is committed to bringing extraordinary musical artists to the intimate and historic venue of St. Peter’s Church located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, New Jersey 07728. For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at DowntownConcertSeries.org or call 732~431~8383.