Martin Roscoe plays Beethoven

Published: 28 March 2008 at 16:07

A celebrity recital featuring the distinguished pianist Martin Roscoe will take place at the Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University on Friday, 11 April 1.10 p.m. The concert is part of the highly successful Lunchtime Concert Series promoted by the university’s Department of Music and Performing Arts.

The performance features three sonatas by Beethoven, including Sonata in E flat Op.7, Sonata in G minor Op. 49 No. 1 and the 'Waldstein’ Sonata.

Martin Roscoe is one of Britain’s finest pianists. His enduring popularity and solid reputation are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship which is allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

According to the Daily Telegraph:

“Roscoe is a pianist who both thinks and offers full-blooded playing of breadth and depth. In this country, he is an uncommon creature.”

Speaking about the concert Alan Rochford, Principal Lecturer in Music and Concerts Director, says:

“We are deeply honoured to have a musician of the calibre of Martin Roscoe featuring in our Lunchtime Concert series. He is a phenomenally gifted player and will be an inspiration to all our music students.

His appearance at Anglia Ruskin cements the close relationship between the university’s music department and the Cambridge-based concert agency Hazard Chase, who are currently involved in employment initiatives with many of the department’s music undergraduates.

One of Britain’s most prolific recitalists, Martin performs at the Wigmore Hall every season and in 2007/8 his recently formed a trio with Peter Cropper and Moray Welsh will make their London debut at the hall. His chamber music partnerships include some long standing collaborations with artists such as Tasmin Little, Michael Collins, Steven Osborne, Emma Johnson and the Brodsky, Chilingirian, Endellion and Sorrel Quartets.

Martin Roscoe maintains strong links with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, with whom he has given over eighty performances, the BBC Philharmonic and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, appearing with the orchestra on more than forty occasions. A close relationship with the BBC has led to over four hundred broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and regular appearances at the BBC Proms.

Martin’s numerous recording projects have included piano concertos by Brüll and Dohnanyi for Hyperion and solo works by Dohnanyi for ASV. For ASV he has also recorded with the Endellion and Vanbrugh quartets, whilst his enduring partnership with Tasmin Little is marked by their EMI recording of Arvo Pärt chamber music. Recent releases include James MacMillan’s The Berserking for Chandos and a solo disc of J.S. Bach Transcriptions for Hyperion.

A respected and much loved member of the conservatoire teaching establishment, Martin has held positions at the Royal Academy of Music and, now, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is the Artistic Director of both the Beverley Chamber Music Festival and the Ribble Valley International Piano Week.

Admission to the hour-long recital is free.