Joshua Roman premieres Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto

Mason Bates, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla (conductor) and Joshua Roman (cello)

Mason Bates, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla (conductor) and Joshua Roman (cello)

Joshua Roman, the former 22-year-old principal of the Seattle Symphony, returned as soloist in December to give the premiere of Mason Bates’ new Cello Concerto. The Seattle Times writes “Bates’ history in techno music is evident in the strong rhythmic pulse of the concerto, which culminate in a fast-moving ‘Leger’ finale that starts off as a high-spirited jig and moves on to passages of phenomenal dexterity.”

The Seattle Times Review