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Martin Roscoe (Piano)

Born: August 3, 1952 - Halton, Cheshire, England

The English pianist, Martin Roscoe, studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music, with Marjorie Clementi and Gordon Green. He won the Davas Gold Medal in 1973, Silver Medal of Worshipul Company of Musicians in 1974, British Liszt Piano Competition in 1976, and Sydney International Piano Competition in 1981.

Martin Roscoe performs as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician all over the world. As a concerto soloist, he has worked with Sir Simon Rattle, Libor Pesek, Kent Nagano, Yuri Temirkanov, Luciano Berio, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Lü Jia, Andrew Litton and Mark Wigglesworth, to name but a few. He has performed with orchestras in Germany, France, and Croatia. Further afield he has given concerts in South Africa, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

In the UK Martin Roscoe has performed with all the major orchestras, developing strong links with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, with whom has given over eighty performances, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with whom he has appeared on more than forty occasions. A close relationship with the BBC has led to over four hundred broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and invitations to perform at the BBC Proms on six occasions. As a recitalist he performs in the UK at the Wigmore Hall each season, and further afield has given recitals in South America, Australia, the Lebanon and across Europe.

As a chamber musician Martin Roscoe has partnered Emma Johnson, Michael Collins, Steven Osborne, the Chilingirian, Endellion, Vellinger, and Schidlof Quartets amongst others. He works regularly with violinist Tasmin Little, with whom he has recently given a series of concerts in Japan. A piano duo with Peter Donohoe, formed in student days, has led to performances at major festivals including Cheltenham, Bath, Harrogate and Edinburgh, as well as a Gershwin disc selected as Editor's Choice in Gramophone magazine.

Martin Roscoe's numerous recording projects have included piano concertos by Brüll 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. The fourth and final disc of his survey of the piano music of Karol Szymanowski for Naxos will be released shortly. Among his most recent releases are the Romantic piano concertos by Fuchs and Kiehl for Hyperion, Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto, and James MacMillan's the Berserking for Chandos (latter forthcoming). Future projects include Messiaen's Visions de L'Amen and a solo disc of J.S. Bach Transcriptions, both on Hyperion.

Martin Roscoe was a professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music for six years (now holding an Honorary Associateship). His services to music have been recognised with the award of an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Hull. The Artistic Director of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival, he also initiated and directs the Ribble Valley International Piano Week.

Engagements in 2003-2004 season included performances with such orchestras as the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Hungarian Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as chamber music recitals at Fishguard Festival and Chester Summer Music Festival.

"Roscoe is a pianist who both thinks and offers full-blooded playing of breadth and depth. In this country, he is an uncommon creature." Daily Telegraph, February 2000


Source: Hazard Chase Website; International Who's Who in Music & Musicians' Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2007)

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Martin Roscoe
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Sanctuary Classics: Martin Roscoe, Piano - Biography

ClassicalPlus - Classical Artist: Martin Roscoe
Martin Roscoe (b 1952 ) (Naxos)
Beverley Chamber Music Festival
Ribble Valley International Piano Week

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