Over a distinguished career spanning four decades, Martin Roscoe has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, he is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances.
Having a repertoire of over 100 concertos at his fingertips Martin works regularly with many leading orchestras and conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi. Recent and future engagements include appearances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
With over 500 broadcasts and seven BBC Prom appearances, Martin is one of the most regularly played pianists on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded for labels such as Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos. His discography includes the complete piano music of Nielsen and Szymanowski, as well as four discs in the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series.
Currently he is in the process of recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas for the Deux-Elles label. The first three discs were released were described by The Independent as “all delivered with Roscoe’s scrupulous attention to detail and emotional truth”. BBC Radio 3 commented about the second disc, “one of the truly great recordings of the Waldstein Sonata … perfect musical judgement and formidable technique”.
Martin’s enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike. So it is not surprising to find that teaching has always been an important part of his life. He is currently a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London and was recently awarded a Fellowship there. As with the best teachers, Martin finds the development of young talent helps him constantly re-examine and re-evaluate his own playing.
Martin lives in the beautiful English Lake District. Being in this wonderful place provides inspiration and relaxation, and also enables him to indulge his passions for the countryside and hill-walking – as of course do his appearances as guest tutor here at Montemuse.