began playing professionally when he was only seven years old, and had
already performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto”
and Johannes Brahms’ “Violin Concerto” by the time he was
Alexander was also a violinist and his oldest brother Michael was a
pianist. His grandmother,
Stella Roman, was an opera singer who was hand-picked by Richard Strauss to
play the lead in the world premiere of Frau Ohne Schatten. The
three brothers performed as the Romanul Chamber
Players in the 1970s.
and studied under Ivan Galamian, Jascha Heifetz, Alfred Krips,
and Joseph Silverstein.
He became the
associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1981 and
stayed with them for about six years.
In the early 1990s, he served as concertmaster of the Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra,
which was based in Detroit,
Michigan. He joined the Boston Symphony
Orchestra in 1992. From 1993 to
1995, he occupied the post of assistant concertmaster.
with whom he has worked include the Boston Artists Ensemble, the Boston Conservatory
Chamber Players, the Bristol Chamber Orchestra, the Great Woods Chamber
Orchestra, and the Parkway Concert Orchestra.
In 1995, he
appeared on the album, Mozart: Quartets for Flute and Strings. Other recordings on which he appears
include Duos for Violin and Viola,
with violist Michael Zaretsky, Holiday Pops by the Boston Pops Orchestra
and Keith Lockhart, and Keisuke Wakao Plays Mozart, Bach, Britten & Prokofiev. Duos
for Violin and Viola includes John Williams’ “Duo Concertante”, which was written specifically for
Michael and Victor.
November 2002, Victor was a guest soloist with the Bristol Chamber
Orchestra at the First Baptist Church
in Sharon, Massachusetts. The concert featured Sir Edward
Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings”, Edvard
Grieg’s “Two Elegiac Melodies”, and Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart’s “Symphony No. 29” and “Violin Concerto No.
pianist Jerome Rosen offered up the complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven’s
sonatas for piano and violin at the Goethe Institute in 2004. On 16th June 2004, Victor
performed the first movement of Beethoven’s “Concerto for
Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61” on Classic Pops.
He was a guest
soloist with the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra on 7th May 2006
for their concert in Weber Theatre at Wheaton College. Their program comprised “The
Last Spring” and “Two Elegiac Melodies” by Edvard Grieg, “Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90”
(“Italian”) by Felix Mendelssohn, and “Violin Concerto
No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26” by Max Bruch.
May 2007, he was a guest soloist with the Parkway Concert Orchestra at
Saint Susanna Parish in Dedham,
Massachusetts. His charge was performing “Zigeunerweisen” by Pablo de Sarasate
to close the curtain on the first act.
In December 2007, he opened the PCO’s
second set with “Winter” from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.
March 2010, he performed the entire cycle of Eugene Ysaye’s
solo violin sonatas at the First Baptist Church
in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The recital also included works by John
Cage, Pietro Locatelli,
Sergei Prokofiev, Emile Sauret, Augusta Read
Thomas, and Henri Vieuxtemps.
July 2010, he and pianist Miri Yampolsky performed Johannes Brahms’ complete cycle
of sonatas for piano and violin at the Cornell
for the Performing Arts in Ithaca,
He and the
aforementioned violist Michael Zaretsky performed
“An Evening of Duos” at the Ventfort Hall
Mansion and Gilded Age
Museum on 24th
July 2010. The duos represented
were “Chant IV for Violin and Viola” by Jakov
Jakoulov, “Duo Concertante
No. 3 in C, Op. 15” by Alessandra Rolla, “Duo Concertante for Violin and Viola” by John
Williams, “Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 13” by Louis Spohr, and “Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola”
by Bohuslav Martinu.
In the field
of music education, Victor has taught chamber music, pedagogy and violin at
the Boston Conservatory, coached the Greater Boston Youth Symphony
Orchestra, and given master classes at Columbia,
Northwestern, Oberlin, the State University of New York in Stony Brook, and