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PIANO-2/ Roger Woodward
November 14, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Roger Woodward is widely regarded as belonging to the highest echelon of pianists and performs at venues such as: the Sydney and La Scala Opera Houses, Hollywood Bowl, Tiananmen Square, Odéon of the Herodes Atticus, Gulbenkian Gardens Lisbon, Royal Albert Hall London and at major international concert halls at the invitation of Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Witold Rowicki et al; with the New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Israel and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras, Cleveland Orchestra, five London Orchestras, London Mozart Players, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris among others.
He performed at over one hundred festivals on five continents including the BBC Promenade Concerts London, Festival d’automne à Paris, La Biennale di Venezia, Wien Modern, Edinburgh Festival, Warszawska Jesień, Music Today Festival Tokyo, Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, and at the invitation of Sviatoslav Richter, at the Festival de la Grange de Meslay, Touraine.
The artist was awarded many distinguished honors and prizes, notably: Chevalier dans l’ordre des arts et des lettres, Knight of the Order of Brefni. He is recipient of the Polish Order of Merit, Polish Solidarity award by the citizens of Gdańsk, Polish Gloria Artis (gold class) and of the Order of the British Empire. He is a Companion of the Order of Australia and designated National Living Treasure by Australia’s National Trust.
His recordings won wide critical acclaim, most recently, for his recording of the Bach 48 Preludes and Fugues, award of the Goethe prize, Preis der Deutschen Scallplattenkritik, Diapason d’or, France and Ritmo prize, Spain. Legendary recordings of repertoire by JS Bach, Debussy, Barraqué, Xenakis, Feldman, Takemitsu, Otte, Shostakovich and Sitsky are widely regarded as the most outstanding in their field.
Roger Woodward first studied piano with Winifred Pope in Sydney, organ, harpsichord and church music with Kenneth Long, Master of Music at the St Andrew’s Cathedral and piano with Alexander Sverjensky (a pupil of Sergei Rakhmaninov and Alexander Glazunov( at the Sydney Conservatorium then at the National Chopin Academy of Music Warsaw, with Zbigniew Drzewiecki. He was Chair of Music at the University of New England and Founding Chair of the School of Music and Dance, San Francisco State University where he is currently, keyboard professor. He is published by HarperCollins and the Pendragon and Greenway Press, gives master classes worldwide and participates on the juries of international piano competitions.