Johannes Rostamo

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

Cellist Johannes Rostamo is a versatile musician who moves effortlessly from early Baroque to contemporary classical, jazz, and folk music. Rostamo has been solo cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008, and professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm since 2022. 

Johannes Rostamo is also artistic director of the Baroque ensemble Orpheus Baroque Stockholm, which has its own concert subscription in Grünewald Hall. In addition, he is a dedicated chamber musician and one of the founders of Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble, which experiments with the concert form and carries out transdisciplinary collaborations with artists. 

As a solo cellist, he has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Les Siècles in Paris and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra in Helsinki. Rostamo is represented on multiple albums, including with Orpheus Baroque in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Cello Concerto in A-minor, and with Stockholm Syndrome. 

Johannes Rostamo studied in Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo with Heikki Rautasalo, Torleif Thedéen, Truls Mörk and Frans Helmerson. In recent years, he has become immersed in Baroque interpretation and studied Baroque cello with Emmanuel Balssa, Bruno Cocset and Gaetano Nasillo. 

Rostamo plays a cello made by Antonio Stradivari, nicknamed “Magg”, built in Cremona in 1698 and generously on loan from the Conni Jonsson family, as well as a Baroque cello made by Lockey Hill in London in 1770.