JOSHUA ROMAN – Hot young cellist debuts this week at SF Symphony

Herbert Blomstedt leads SF Symphony for two weeks,
February 18th—26th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco Symphony Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt will lead the San Francisco Symphony in two weeks of concerts February 18th – 26th at Davies Symphony Hall. On February 18th, 19th and 20th, the Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, and Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring the SFS debut of Joshua Roman. Beethoven’s Eroica is the subject of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s PBS documentary, Keeping Score, available on DVD from the SFSymphony Store. On February 24th, 25th and 26th Blomstedt will conduct the SFS in Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, Linz, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6. The work has not been performed by SFS since 1990 during Blomstedt’s tenure as Music Director.

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HERBERT BLOMSTEDT

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JOSHUA ROMAN. Photo, Tina Su

Before embarking on a solo career, Joshua Roman was principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony for two seasons, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. Roman’s 2009/10 season engagements include debuts as concerto soloist with the Albany, Arkansas, and Santa Barbara symphonies, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra in Illinois. In April 2009, he was the only guest artist invited to play an unaccompanied solo during the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s debut concert at Carnegie Hall. In addition to his solo work, Roman has enjoyed chamber collaborations with Earl Carlyss and Christian Zacharias, as well as the Seattle Chamber Music Society and the International Festival of Chamber Music in Lima, Peru. He often joins forces with other young soloists and performers from New York’s contemporary music scene, including Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, and artists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two.

In spring 2007, he was named Artistic Director of Town Music, an experimental chamber music series at Town Hall in Seattle. Roman’s versatility as a performer and his ongoing exploration of new concertos, chamber music, and solo cello works have given birth to projects with composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Mason Bates, and Dan Visconti. One of his current undertakings is an online video series called ”The Popper Project” – wherever he and his laptop find themselves, he performs an étude from David Popper’s “High School of Cello Playing” and uploads it, unedited, to his YouTube channel. Roman’s 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. Joshua Roman was named “Musical America’s New Artist of the Month” in August 2009. He performs on an 1899 cello by Giulio Degani of Venice.

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San Francisco Symphony Conductor Laureate
Herbert Blomstedt

Maestro Herbert Blomstedt is the Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony. He recently concluded his position of Music Director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig after seven seasons,and he is Honorary Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and the Bamberg Symphony. Maestro Blomstedt has guest conducted the world’s major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Munich Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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JOSHUA ROMAN. Photo, Jeremy Sawatzky

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Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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