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 Theatre Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Finnish Radio Symphony, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and the Tokyo New City Orchestra and collaborating with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Dima Slobodeniouk, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Nikolay Alekseev.
During the 2016-2017 season Jonathan has been artist in residence with the Lahti Symphony which has profiled him in concertos including those by Vieuxtemps and Shostakovich as well as chamber performances. Other engagements include Tapiola Sinfonietta, Turku Philharmonic and he a tour to Beijing for the ‘Super Cello’ festival performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1 with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra.
Upcoming festivals include Schleswig Holstein, Tammisaari performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 under Saraste, return to Turku and Joroinen Music. As part of a joint project with the Sibelius Academy and the Juilliard School Jonathan will also perform Salonen’s Mania under the composer at the Helsinki Festival, Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm and New York’s Lincoln Center.
Last season Jonathan made his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and featured at the 100-year jubilee of the Sibelius Academy Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. He was Artist in Residence at the Turku Festival which included working with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Gergiev following their appearance at the Mikkeli Festival in 2015. Other Festivals include Ahvenanmaa, Kuhmo, Oulunsalo, Korsholm and Normandie.
Jonathan was one of the International Tchaikovsky-Competiton Prize winners in 2015 (youngest candidate) and other prizes include the 2013 Finnish National Cello Competition, the 2013 Paulo and Gaspar Cassado competitions and in the same year he was also a finalist in the Porto Premio Suggia. In 2012 he was second prize-winner in the National Cello Competition in Amsterdam and the youngest participant to date.
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.