Often hailed as a YouTube star, cellist Joshua Roman is currently attracting attention for two very different videos. Last month his segment from a fall 2008 concert broadcast outside a temple in Kyoto won the Professional Music Recording Award of Japan. Oto Butai is one of Japan's biggest annual music events, televised nationally from a different temple each year. Watch Roman's performance of Piazzolla's "Otono Porteno" in this award-winning video, or catch it in-flight on Japan Airlines.
On a different note, Roman was invited by photographer and Nikon spokesperson Chase Jarvis to collaborate on a video for the current Nikon Festival. Jarvis is one of the celebrity judges, along with Rainn Wilson of The Office and internet blogger Justine (iJustine) Ezarik, for Nikon's $100,000 contest, "Your day in 140 seconds or less". Watch Roman playing Bach in this 140-second video.
Always in good company, the young cellist turns 26 this month...on Beethoven's birthday.