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Joshua Roman performing in 2011

Joshua Roman (born December 16, 1983)[citation needed] is an American cellist.


An Oklahoma native, Joshua Roman attended the Cleveland Institute of Music. At CIM, he studied with Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig. Roman received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance in 2004, and his master's degree in 2005. At the age of 22, Roman was appointed principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2006,[1] becoming the youngest principal player in Seattle Symphony history.

In 2006, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called Roman's premiere performance an "auspicious beginning," noting that "Roman played with ease and confidence, the sound relaxed and singing, the phrasing shapely, the tone well projected seemingly without effort."[2]

In 2007, Melinda Bargreen of the Seattle Times noted that Roman "played with heart-stopping beauty... [and his] "big, succulent tone and impassioned style perfectly suited the music."[3]

In January 2008, Roman submitted his resignation as principal cellist at the conclusion of the 2007–2008 season to pursue a solo career.[4]


Roman has won prizes at competitions including the Klein, ASTA, Washington, Stulberg, NFMC, H-A Music Society, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, CIM, Cleveland Cello Society and Buttram.[citation needed] He has performed as a member of Cleveland Orchestra, and soloed with a number of symphony and chamber orchestras including the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Wyoming Symphony, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Symphony of Southern New Jersey.


  1. ^ Borchert, Gavin (2006-06-23). "Post Alley: Last Night at Benaroya". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-04-11.
  2. ^ Kiraly, Philippa (2006-09-18). "Orchestra kicks off season with bang". The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007-04-11.
  3. ^ Bargreen, Melinda (2007-02-03). "Powerful pianist is a joy for the eyes and ears". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-04-11.
  4. ^ Campbell, R.M. (2008-01-31). "Cellist is leaving SSO for a solo career". The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-02-06.

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