Joshua Roman plays the State Department

02.10.11
Joshua Roman
21C Media Group

It's not every day that cellists get mentioned at ForeignPolicy.com, on the wire services, and in the New York Times for hobnobbing with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Last month Joshua Roman performed with Yo-Yo Ma at the State Department dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao. There "the ascendant rock star of the cello world," as Seattle's PI has dubbed Roman, played three pieces with Ma by Western and Chinese composers for over 260 politicians, lawmakers and business leaders.  
 
Roman is fast becoming an ambassador for classical music.  He was recently selected as a 2011 TED Fellow. At the end of this month he heads to Long Beach, CA, to participate with other global innovators in TED's annual conference dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading.  He also recently made a Voice Project video with DJ Spooky to help bring attention to the plight of Ugandans and raise funds on their behalf.   
What's next?  "It has been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid to play for the Queen of England," Roman told PI. "Preferably in the throne room."