Jonathan Roozeman & Varvara Nepomnyashchaya5 min read

Friday 19 January 2024
At 7.00pm

Presenting Jonathan Roozeman (cello) & Varvara Nepomnyashchaya (piano)

Finnish-Dutch cellist and rising star, Jonathan Roozeman is already establishing himself as a player of exceptional musical integrity. His duo partner, Varvara Nepomnyashchaya has quickly established a remarkable musical reputation by performing with many of world’s most prestigious orchestras. For this Drogheda exclusive concert, they perform a programme of thrilling works including Damstrom’s short, virtuosic Aveo written for Jonathan Roozeman.


Schnittke Suite in the Old Style for Cello and Piano
Damstrom Aveo for Solo Cello
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata for Cello and Piano
Rachmaninov Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19

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Finnish-Dutch cellist and rising star, Jonathan Roozeman is already establishing himself as a player of exceptional musical integrity. His phenomenal, expansive and versatile sound lends itself not only to works of the core classical repertory, but those by Kabalevsky, Kokkonen, Vieuxtemps and Sallinen. He has collaborated with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Dima Slobodeniouk, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

In the 2022/23 season, Roozeman collaborates with the choreographer, Saburo Teshigawara, on a production at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Concert Hall in Nagoya based around solo works by Bach, Kodaly and Cassado. He will also be performing at the ARK Classics Festival in Tokyo.
He will work with acclaimed orchestras such as Tampere Philharmonic/​Matthew Halls, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra/​Julien Masmondet, returns to the Gulbenkian Foundation while also making his recital debut at the Concertgebouw with pianist, Varvara.

His recording of the Kalevi Aho Cello Concerto no.2 was released in 2023 and awarded the full five stars in the BBC Classical Music Magazine.

In recital, Jonathan has appeared at the Berlin Konzerthaus as part of Sir András Schiff’s residency, as well as a debut recital tour in Canada which included the prestigious Vancouver Recital Series. Other highlights include the London’s Baroque at the Edge festival, the White Nights Festival in Moscow, and the Ark Hills Festival in Tokyo with Fumiaki Miura and Nobuyuki Tsujii.

In previous seasons Jonathan has given a series of performances of Mania by Esa-Pekka Salonen as part of a project between the Sibelius Academy and the Juilliard School of Music under the baton of the composer in Helsinki, at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm and at New York’s Lincoln Center.

The youngest prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, Roozeman also became a finalist at the Naumburg International Cello Competition in the same year. He was a finalist at the Porto Premio Suggia in 2013 as well as reaching the semi-finals of the International Paulo Cello competition in Finland and taking second prize at the National Cello Competition in The Netherlands in 2012.

Roozeman was previously a student of Martti Rousi at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki and graduated in July 2020 from the Kronberg Academy under Frans Helmerson. He plays a David Tecchler cello c.1707 on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and his bow was made by Jean Pierre Marie Persoit in Paris, c.1850

Jonathan Roozeman is a Larsen Strings Artist.


Born in Moscow, she studied at the Gnessin Music School and at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow with Mikhail Voskressensky and later in Hamburg with Evgeni Koroliov.

In 2006 she was awarded at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and in 2012 she won First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich.

Varvara has a great interest in art in any of its expressions and has a wide repertoire that includes music from all periods.

His passion for chamber music has led him to form a stable duo with violinist Fumiaki Miura and a trio with Miura and cellist Jonathan Roozeman.

His most recent commitments include his performances at the La Grange de Meslay and La Roque d’Anthéron Festivals, collaborations with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, OBC-Barcelona Orchestra, Extremadura Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra or the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Moscow), the tour with the violinist Fumiaki Miura and the Wiener Kammerorchester, as well as recitals at the Auditori de Barcelona, ​​L’Auditori de Girona, the Fundación Juan March, the Teatro Principal Alicante, the Franz Liszt Academy Budapest and the Mariinsky Piano Festival, among others.

During the current season 22/23, Varvara has performances with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Valencia Orchestra, Galicia Symphony, Lille Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, chamber music recitals at Concertgebouw with Jonathan Roozeman, with the quartet Pavel Haas, Fumiaki Miura, and Cosmos Quartet, among others. He will perform solo piano recitals at the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Pianisten am Mainz (Stuttgart), La Folle Journée Festival (Nantes), Palau de la Música (Barcelona) and Ibercamera Girona, where he is Resident Artist this season.

Varvara has quickly built an outstanding reputation sharing the stage with the most prestigious orchestras in the world, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, Wiener Kammerorchester, Tonhalle Zürich, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Hungarian Radio Symphony, Nationale de Lille, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony, Symphony of Bilbao, Valencia Symphony, Galicia Symphony or the Santiago de Chile Philharmonic, playing under the baton of great maestros such as Eliahu Inbal, Valery Gergiev, David Zinman, Cornelius Meister, Tamás Vásáry, Clemens Schuldt, Alexander Liebreich, Yaron Traub or Vladimir Fedoseyev. At the same time, he performs numerous recitals at important festivals and concert halls around the world, such as Lucerne Festival, Tonhalle Zürich, La Grange de Meslay, Madrid Auditorium, Moscow Conservatory, Philharmonie Paris,

Alongside his acclaimed recordings of Mozart and Handel (Dis:camera), he recently released an album dedicated to Liszt, recorded live at the Philharmonie de Paris and released on the Dis:Camera record label.

Her interpretations are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play Music, as well as on her YouTube channel-Varvara piano.

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Individual Concert Tickets are €20 (€18 conc.). Season Ticket €130 (applies to full price tickets only).

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Friday 19th January 2024
Pre-concert talk at 7.00pm, performance at 7.30pm

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