Martin Roscoe

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Martin Roscoe (born 3 August 1952) is an English classical pianist. He performs as a concerto soloist, as a recitalist and as a chamber musician.[1]

Early life[edit]

Martin Roscoe was born in Halton, Runcorn, Cheshire. He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music with Gordon Green and Marjorie Clementi.[2] Awards early in his career included the Davas Gold Medal in 1973, the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 1974, the British Liszt Piano Competition in 1976[3] and he was a prizewinner in the Sydney International Piano Competition in 1981.[4]


Roscoe has developed close links with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Manchester Camerata.[2] He has played as a soloist under many of the world's leading conductors, including Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Libor Pešek, Luciano Berio, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Andrew Litton and Mark Wigglesworth.[1][5] He gives regular recitals at the Wigmore Hall. Roscoe has appeared in BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts on six occasions and has made over 300 broadcasts with the BBC. He has an international reputation and has played in many countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, South America, Australia, USA and France.[5]

As a student he formed a piano duo with Peter Donohoe and they have performed and made recordings together since. Their recording of music by Gershwin on Carlton Classics was chosen as Editor's Choice in the August 1997 issue of Gramophone.[5] As a chamber musician he has performed with Tasmin Little, Emma Johnson, Steven Isserlis, Michael Collins, Steven Osborne, the Leopold String Trio and the Chilingirian, Vanbrugh, Tale, Schidlof, Carmina, Brodsky, Endellion and Sorrel String Quartets.[1][5] The details of Roscoe's recordings are shown in the table below.

Before becoming a teacher at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Roscoe had held positions at the Royal Northern College of Music[2] and the Royal Academy of Music.[1] He is the artistic director of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival and the Ribble Valley International Piano Week.[1] He has been granted an honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Hull.[3]


Year Title Composer Record Company Reference Other artistes
1993 Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op. 5
Piano Concerto No 2 in B minor, Op. 42
Dohnányi Hyperion CDA66684[6] BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
1993 Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes Copland ASV Platinum PLT 8504[7] Michael Collins, clarinet
Vanbrugh Quartet
1994 Dolly Suite Fauré Hyperion CDA66911/4[8] Kathryn Stott, piano
1994 Dance Suite, Op. 28
Piano Concerto, Op. 26
Variations, Op. 36
Bernard Stevens Marco Polo 8.223480[9] Ireland National Symphony Orchestra
1994 Fratres (1980); Spiegel im Spiegel Arvo Pärt EMI Classics for Pleasure 5758052[10] Tasmin Little, violin
1995 Piano Works, Volume 1 Szymanowski Naxos 8.553016[11]
1995 Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 67
Trio for Piano and Strings

Sonata for Viola/Cello and Piano

Amy Beach
Rebecca Clarke
Rebecca Clarke
ASV 932[12] Endellion String Quartet
1996 Piano Works, Volume 2 Szymanowski Naxos 8.553300[13]
1996 Piano Works, Volume 3 Szymanowski Naxos 8.553867[14]
1997 Rhapsody in Blue
Porgy and Bess Fantasia
Gershwin Carlton Classics 30368 01297[15] Peter Donohoe, piano
1998 Piano Concerto No 1 in F major, Op. 10
Piano Concerto No 2 in C major, Op. 24
Ignaz Brüll Hyperion CDA67069[16] BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
1998 Piano Sonatas Clementi CRD Records CRD 3500[17]
1998 Violin Sonata in E minor
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor
Global Music Network GMNC 0113[18] Tasmin Little, violin
1998 Works for cello and piano Rachmaninoff Black Box BBM1044[19] Moray Welsh, cello
2001 Peacock Pie Various Hyperion CDA67316[20] Guildhall Strings
2001 Piano Concerto in B flat minor, Op. 27
Piano Concerto in B flat major
Robert Fuchs
Friedrich Kiel
Hyperion CDA67354[21] BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2002 Concerto for two pianos and orchestra Bliss Naxos 8.557146[22] Peter Donohoe, piano
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2002 Music for two pianos Rachmaninoff Naxos 8.557062[23] Peter Donohoe, piano
2002 The Berserking James MacMillan Chandos CHAN 10092[24] BBC Philharmonic
2002 Warsaw Concerto from
Dangerous Moonlight
Richard Addinsell
(arr. Roy Douglas)
Chandos CHAN 10046[25] BBC Philharmonic
2003 Visions de l'Amen Messiaen Hyperion CDA67366[26] Steven Osborne, piano
2003 Piano transcriptions Bach, transcribed Samuil Feinberg Hyperion CDA67468 [27]
2003 Phantasy, Piano Quartet in F minor Bridge Naxos 8.557283[28] Maggini Quartet
2003 Piano Works, Volume 4 Szymanowski Naxos 8.557168[29]
2004 From The Unforgettable Year 1919 Shostakovich Chandos CHAN 10361[30] BBC Philharmonic
2005 Piano Quintet, Op. 57 Shostakovich Chandos CHAN 10329[31] Sorrel Quartet
2005 Ballade No. 1
Robert Keeley
Dunelm DRD0247[32]
2006 Music for two pianos Bax Naxos 8.570413[33] Ashley Wass, piano
2006 Violin Sonata in D, Op. 12, No 1
Violin Sonata in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2
Violin Sonata in G, Op. 96
Beethoven ASV Gold GLD4023[34] Peter Cropper, violin
2011 Highland Concerto
Normandy (Symphonic Variations)
Hyperion Records CDA67837[35] BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
? Silentium Arvo Pärt EMI Classics 5624342[36]


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