Roman Jabłoński

Cellist, born in 1945, a former student of Roman Suchecki, later studied under Sergei Shirinsky in Moscow and Aldo Parisot at Yale University. He is a laureate of competitions in Munich, Gdańsk, Dallas, and Bordeaux. His appearance at Carnegie Hall as part of the tour of the Great Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk opened to him the leading concert halls of the world. Roman Jabłoński is also a valued chamber musician, who appeared with Krystyna Borucińska and with the Quartet of the Polish Radio and Television, among others. As a pedagogue he was active in many Polish and foreign academies, and he often leads master classes. In his wide repertoire an especially important place is given to Witold Lutosławski's Cello Concerto, which he performed with great success in 1974 in Wrocław, and numerous times thereafter under the direction of the composer, with e.g. the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic (on the seventieth anniversary of Lutosławski's birth), and the Berlin Philharmonic, and recorded it for EMI in 1978. Witold Lutosławski was greatly impressed by the art of Roman Jabłoński's performance, and made the following remark: "He is, in my view, one of the very few top cellists of our times".

In 1981 Roman Jabłoński and Krystyna Borucińska gave the world premiere of Witold Lutosławski's Grave, composed in honour of the late Stefan Jarociński.

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