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Roman JABŁOŃSKI is one of the most distinguished Polish cellists and is considered to be one of the most outstanding performers. Swiss cello player Julius Bächi devoted a chapter to him in his book, Berühmte Cellisten (Famous Cellists).
Jabłoński hails from a musical family. His father, Henryk Hubertus Jabłoński, was a well-known and respected composer. Roman Jabłoński studied at the Moscow Conservatory and at Yale University in the United States.
He has won top awards at numerous competitions and has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of our time, performing in prestigious venues including the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Cleveland Philharmonic, the radio station in Cologne, the BBC concert halls, as well as in Madrid, Barcelona, Moscow, Rome, Edinburgh, and Lisbon.
In the 1990s, he moved to San Sebastián in Spain, where he took an active part in the country’s musical life as a performer and organiser of international music courses.
He obtained a professorship at the Conservatorio Superior and has been invited to give masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Australia.
Roman Jabłoński had a long-lasting friendship with the composer Witold Lutosławski, who acclaimed him as his favourite interpreter of his Cello Concerto. He performed the work under the composer’s baton in many renowned concert halls and at festivals, in Berlin, New York, Cleveland, London, or Edinburgh. Contemporary music occupies a prominent place in Jabłoński’s repertoire. Many composers have dedicated their works to him. He was the soloist in the Polish premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Cello Concerto No. 2. He recorded the concertos featured on this album on a Giovanni Grancino instrument dating from 1692.
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