Artistic Director of North Carolina Bach Festival and published composer Dr. Roman Placzek is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player as well as a sought-after cello teacher and music educator. He has performed for and with many distinguished artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, James Buswel, Konstantin Lifschitz, Corin Redgrave, Roberta Flack, Jose Lezcano, John Salmon, and numerous ensembles and orchestras across Europe and the East Coast of the United States. Roman’s performances are highly praised for their ingenuity, stylistic authenticity, crystal clear intonation, and the beauty of his sound. He was a founding member of Golden Mountain Chamber Ensemble.
His string trio Ballad & Epilogue written for the ensemble, and dedicated to the memory of his friend’s fallen father, a WWII hero, is his first published composition. It is published by BRIXTON PUBLICATIONS with whom he also published his “Dumka” for Cello and Piano and Piano Trio no. 1 “Dream.”
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Dr. Placzek is also a founder and former Artistic and Executive Director of Golden Mountain Summer International Chamber Music Festival in Zlate Hory, Czech Republic. During its existence, the festival welcomed students and distinguished performing artists from all around the world including South Korea, Iran, Great Britain, USA, Czech Republic.
Roman received his musical education from Janáček State Conservatory in Ostrava of Czech Republic, Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria, The Boston Conservatory, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. In May 2014, Roman received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello Performance with cognate in Music History and Literature degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His dissertation theses Importance and pedagogical value of three sonatas for two cellos, Op. 43 by Bernhard Romberg is available for academic purposes at ProQuest, or in a book form for purchase at www.amazon.com.
Before music, Roman's greatest love and passion is his beautiful daughter Ella. Born in Czech Republic, Dr. Placzek now lives with Brownie, his beloved yellow Labrador Retriever in Greensboro, NC. He is teaching, composing, and performing as a soloist, a chamber musician with his newly established piano and cello duo with pianist Elena Nezhdanova, and as an orchestral player in both, Triad and Triangle regions.