Prize Winning European Cellist, 20, in Concert in Palm Beach



An intense passage played by Jonathan Roozeman


Taking bows for spectacular bowing and keyboarding at a concert sponsored by the Friends of the Kronberg Academy in Palm Beach, the father and son duo of young Jonathan Roozeman, cello, and Robert Roozeman. piano, held the audience spellbound with their tehnical brilliance—and charm.


Steward Foster turns pages for Robert Roozeman in the Brahms

The concert, held In the restored house of Henry Flagler, a founding father and developer of Palm Beach and the eastern coast of Florida, the musicians played a varied program, including two transcriptions of  pieces by Jean Sibelius and Niccolo Paganini originally scored for violin – and no mean feat for cello.


Hosted by Axel Langhorst of the Kronberg Academy and Stewart Foster of the next door Royal Poinciana Chapel, the audience was welcomed by Mr. Langhorst, introducing the very talented Jonathan Roozeman, a Finnish-Dutch cellist who, at the age of 20, has won many international competitions and has toured all over the world with his father, Robert Roozeman, an award winning pianist.  The duo recently returned from concertizing in China.

Mr. Roozeman describes the work to be performed


Opening with a Sonata by Jean-Baptiste Breval, a contemporary of Mozart,  the Adagio was classical in style, buoyant, with astonishing fast bowing and even trills in the cello, the piece inspired and demanding, with an accelerando.  The second movement, sweet and longing, stretched the range of the mellow cello, a sustained string sounding as the the melody faded.


The closing Rondo was sprightly and courtly, well played by both Roozemans.


On to the wonderful Cello Sonata No. 2 by Johannes Brahms, a staple of the repertory, which allowed a virtuosic tremolo piano and deep notes in the cello, always surging.  Emotional, sad, joyous, Allegro vivace went to a sweet passage, then burst into bravado. Adagio affettuoso featured a pizzicato cello, strongly played and piercingly emotional.  The two voices, piano and cello, were telling a beautiful tale.. In  Allegro molto The conversation became urgent, secretive, dramatic. Allegro passionato featured a wonderful rushing piano, a caesura leading back to a lovely melody.  The conversation became  urgent, secretive, dramatic.


The audience broke into spontaneous applause before the Allegro molto, a rondo, could even begin! Yes, it was that exciting.


The audience seeking autographs post-concert


The Romance , Op.78, no. 2 by Jean Sibelius, arranged for cello and piano, was sonorous, moving to A minor, soulfully played with surges in the piano, moving into a minor key.


An audience member discusses bowing techniques with the young artist

Then there was the virtuosic performance of the Variations on the G String on a theme from Moses in Egypt by Niccolo Paganini, in which the young cellist only played on one string (actually alternating between two different strings).  This performance, with its changing tonaliities, brought the audience to its feet with  were cries of “Bravo.”


After the performance, the audience questioned the father and son about the dynamic of family playing together.  Robert Roozeman said that practices are much faster, and  son Jonathan stated that things sometime got personal.


                                                               Linda Phillips, Music Critic

                                                                            Greenwich , CT Sentinel



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An audience member congratulates Mr. Roozeman


Rochelle Ohrstrom & Axel Langhorst


Mr. Langhorst with the artists


The restored parlor of the Henry Flagler house post-concert




The exterior of the Henry Flagler house, next door to the Flagler Museum



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