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Johannes Rostamo

Principal/solo cellist and member of the orchestra since 2008.

Johannes Rostamo has served as solo cellist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. In addition to his work in Stockholm, he also performs as a guest solo cellist in orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Bern. He is a regular guest at numerous major festivals in Europe and in recent years, he has debuted on prestigious stages such as Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.

Rostamo is also a passionate chamber musician and one of the initiators of the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble, as well as a member of the Finnish Jousia Ensemble. His interest in baroque music also led to the foundation of the orchestra’s own period ensemble, the Orpheus Baroque Ensemble.

Rostamo was trained in Helsinki, Stockholm (Edsberg Institute of Music), Oslo and the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) under the leadership of Heikki Rautasalo, Torleif Thedéen, Truls Mørk, Frans Helmerson and Hatto Beyerle. In addition, he has participated in master classes with some of the leading cellists of our time: Heinrich Schiff, Anner Bylsma, Erling Bløndal Bengtsson, Lluís Claret and more.

Rostamo recorded Joonas Kokkonen’s Cello Concerto with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Paul Mägi (record label: Academus). He plays on a cello that is nicknamed “Magg”, built by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona in 1698.