Jonathan Roozeman, cello

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas - Perimeter Institute

Finnish-Dutch cellist Jonathan Roozeman is already establishing himself as a cellist of exceptional musical integrity. At the age of 17, Jonathan won the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition, making him the youngest prize-winner ever. From there, he has played with the world’s most renowned orchestras and conductors. Perimeter is extremely proud to have this young talent and his pianist brother grace our stage.


LUIGI BOCCHERINI: Sonata for Cello & Piano in A major, G.4

Nocturne et scherzo for cello and piano
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor

FÉDÉRIC CHOPIN: Introduction & Polonaise brillante for cello and piano, Op. 3

Romance op. 42 in C major
Malinconia Op. 20 for Cello and Piano

FRANZ SCHUBERT: Arpeggione (arr. by Dobrinka Tabakova)


Jonathan Roozeman 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.

Jonathan was one of the International Tchaikovsky-Competition Prize winners in 2015 (youngest candidate) and in 2012 he was second prize-winner in the Dutch National Cello Competition. He has also been a finalist in the 2015 Naumburg International Cello Competition as well as the 2013 Porto Premio Suggia and in the same year he reached the semi-finals of the Finnish Paulo competition.

Jonathan is currently studying at the Kronberg Academy under Frans Helmerson. Prior to this he was a student of Martti Rousi at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He plays a David Tecchler cello (1707) on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. His bow is made by Dominique Peccatte in Paris, 1835, kindly on loan by an American patron.