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Martin Roscoe
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Martin Roscoe

Martin Roscoe has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists on the international concert circuit. His busy schedule includes engagements all over the world, regular commercial recordings, a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music and artistic direction of both the Beverley Chamber Music Festival and the Ribble Valley International Piano Week. He has recently been made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and an Honorary Doctor of Music at the University of Hull.

Based in the United Kingdom, Martin Roscoe has naturally established close links with many of the UK orchestras giving over seventy-five performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and over thirty performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Other recent important UK concerts have included appearances with the CBSO, Hallé, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic. He has worked with many major conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Libor Pesek, Kent Nagano, Yuri Temirkanov, Luciano Berio, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Andrew Litton and Mark Wigglesworth. As a recitalist, he now performs at the Wigmore Hall each season and last year gave a series of recitals entitled “Szymanowski - The Polish Impressionist”.

Martin Roscoe has been invited to appear at the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts on six occasions, a particular highlight being his performance of Richard Strauss' Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in 1987 with Christoph von Dohnanyi and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. His close relationship with the BBC has also led to over three hundred broadcasts as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. His complete cycle of the Schubert Sonatas on Radio 3 was a notable success.

Martin Roscoe's international career has developed considerably in recent seasons, including concerto appearances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic. This season he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Natal Philharmonic and Cape Town Symphony Orchestra in South Africa and made a return visit to the Far East. His recital work has included appearances in Spain, Switzerland, South America and Australia and in June 1995 he made his début in the United States with a sensational recital at the Texas Conservatory. Engagements in France include a recital for the Cziffra Foundation and appearances with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Lorraine and at “Fêtes Romantiques de Nohant”.

As a chamber musician he works with distinguished ensembles such as the Chilingirian, Vanbrugh, Endellion, Tale, Schidlof and Carmina string quartets and with other eminent soloists such as Tasmin Little and Steven Isserlis. He has also enjoyed a long and fruitful association with the pianist Peter Donohoe. Their duo, formed in student days, has performed regularly at major festivals including Harrogate, Bath, Edinburgh and Cheltenham. Carlton Classics released a recording by the duo of music by George Gershwin arranged for two pianos, linked to an Independence Day concert at the Wigmore Hall, which was selected as Editor’s Choice in the August 1997 edition of Gramophone Magazine.

Recording projects have included piano concertos by Brull and Dohnanyi for Hyperion, solo works by Dohnanyi for ASV, Clementi for CRD, Arvo Pärt with Tasmin Little for EMI, chamber music by Rebecca Clarke and Amy Beach with the Endellion Quartet and Copland and Dohnanyi with the Vanbrugh Quartet for ASV. He is currently recording the complete solo piano works of Szymanowski for Naxos as well as recently joining the world of online music by making both solo and duo recordings for Global Music Network.

As a performer, his rare musicianship and flawless technical assurance create a degree of flexibility admired by colleagues and audiences alike. Martin Roscoe’s current schedule includes a recital tour with Tasmin Little and his début with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Konstanz. He has a large and varied repertoire, ranging from the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Beethoven to the most challenging contemporary works of Henze and Lutoslawski.

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