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An Oklahoma native, Joshua Roman studied under Lacy McLarry, Gregory Sauer and Peter Spurbeck prior to attending 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 Masters Degree in 2005.
In January 2008, Roman submitted resignation as principal cellist effective at the conclusion of the 2007–2008 season in order to pursue a solo career.
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." In 2007, Melinda Bargreen of the Seattle Times cited Roman’s "heart-stopping beauty... big, succulent tone and impassioned style."
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. 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, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
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