Jonathan Roozeman
Cello

“Throughout he showed astonishing focus, in a work that requires the soloist to summon up virtually non-stop energy” (The Strad)

Contacts

Katie Cardell-Oliver +44 (0)20 3725 9149
Alice O'Reilly +44 (0)20 3725 9103

Biography

The Finnish-Dutch cellist Jonathan Roozeman is already establishing himself as a cellist of exceptional musical integrity. He has worked with orchestras including The Mariinsky Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo New City Orchestra and has collaborated with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Dima Slobodeniouk, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Nikolay Alekseev. 

In 2017/18 Jonathan returns to The Mariinsky Orchestra under Damev, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under Rouvali, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Oulu Festival and will appear at the Shanghai Festival. At the beginning of the season - as part of a joint project with the Sibelius Academy and the Juilliard School - Jonathan performed Salonen’s Mania under the composer in Helsinki, the 2017 Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm and made his concerto debut at New York’s Lincoln Center. 

The Finnish-Dutch cellist Jonathan Roozeman is already establishing himself as a cellist of exceptional musical integrity. He has worked with orchestras including The Mariinsky Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo New City Orchestra and has collaborated with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Dima Slobodeniouk, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Nikolay Alekseev. 

In 2017/18 Jonathan returns to The Mariinsky Orchestra under Damev, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under Rouvali, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Oulu Festival and will appear at the Shanghai Festival. At the beginning of the season - as part of a joint project with the Sibelius Academy and the Juilliard School - Jonathan performed Salonen’s Mania under the composer in Helsinki, the 2017 Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm and made his concerto debut at New York’s Lincoln Center. 

Jonathan has recently appeared at Festivals such as White Nights in St Petersburg, Schleswig Holstein, and Tammisaari where he performed Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 under Saraste, as well as a return to Turku and Joroinen Music Festivals. Last season he was artist in residence with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, which profiled him in concertos including those by Vieuxtemps and Shostakovich as well as chamber performances. Other engagements included his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Turku Philharmonic, Mikkeli Festival and he toured to Beijing for the ‘Super Cello’ festival performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1 with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra. 

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Contacts

Katie Cardell-Oliver +44 (0)20 3725 9149
Alice O'Reilly +44 (0)20 3725 9103

Reviews

“Sallinen’s ‘Nocturnal dances of Don Juan Quixote’ for cello and chamber orchestra is an incredibly funny piece, in which the jazzy strings of the orchestra met Jonathan Roozeman’s unmatched cello virtuosity in a relaxed way.” (Aamulehti, December 2017)

“Throughout he showed astonishing focus, in a work that requires the soloist to summon up virtually non-stop energy” (The Strad, December 2017)

“...the soloist here, Jonathan Roozeman, a young Finnish-Dutch cellist, proved a virtuoso himself. Then he wowed listeners with the finale of Gaspar Cassadó’s Suite for Cello” (New York Times, James R. Oestreich, Performing Salonen’s Mania, Lincoln Center, September 2017)

“Roozeman's interpretation of the concerto (Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1) was very impressive. The slow movement and the cadenza were incomparably beautiful in their lyrical sensitivity. From the final, with its folk melodies, speed and brilliance were found.”
 (Etelä-Suomen Sanomat, May 2017)

“Sallinen’s ‘Nocturnal dances of Don Juan Quixote’ for cello and chamber orchestra is an incredibly funny piece, in which the jazzy strings of the orchestra met Jonathan Roozeman’s unmatched cello virtuosity in a relaxed way.” (Aamulehti, December 2017)

“Throughout he showed astonishing focus, in a work that requires the soloist to summon up virtually non-stop energy” (The Strad, December 2017)

“...the soloist here, Jonathan Roozeman, a young Finnish-Dutch cellist, proved a virtuoso himself. Then he wowed listeners with the finale of Gaspar Cassadó’s Suite for Cello” (New York Times, James R. Oestreich, Performing Salonen’s Mania, Lincoln Center, September 2017)

“Roozeman's interpretation of the concerto (Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1) was very impressive. The slow movement and the cadenza were incomparably beautiful in their lyrical sensitivity. From the final, with its folk melodies, speed and brilliance were found.”
 (Etelä-Suomen Sanomat, May 2017)

“Flowing brilliance - Jonathan Roozeman's approach was characterized by sensitivity and discernment, a warm sound, and great technical capability. And all this seems to be deceptively easy.” (Etelä-Suomen Sanomat, February 2017)

“Judging from the applause, the hearts of the audience were taken by 18-year-old cellist Jonathan Roozeman. In Tchaikovsky's Rococo variants, he equally fascinated with light agility and intense emotion.” (Helsingin Sanomat, March 2016)