Michael Roll, Pianist

“He is obviously musical from heart and mind to his fingertips”

– so remarked the distinguished critic Sir Neville Cardus at the outset of Michael Roll’s remarkable career, which now spans more than 50 years.

“No country can be expected to produce many talents of this order”On winning the inaugural Leeds International Piano Competition in 1963 at the age of 17, the Sunday Times declared “No country can be expected to produce many talents of this order”. Since this success, his artistry and deepening maturity has brought continued and glowing praise from public and critics alike all over the world.

Over the past few seasons, Michael Roll has appeared with orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and Suisse Romande, made consecutive tours of Australia and appeared in major festivals such as the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. He has given recital and concerto appearances throughout Europe, including such cities as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and London. His recordings of the Beethoven piano concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Howard Shelley received rave reviews and was “Editor’s Choice” in the Gramophone magazine.

The Autumn of the 2013/14 season saw Michael Roll appearing with the Budapest Philharmonic and Pinchas Steinberg, the Nürnberg Symphony and Alexander Shelley and the London Philharmonic and Andres Orozco-Estrada. In the Autumn of 2017 Michael will be giving a number of important recitals in major venues in Germany and in 2018 he will appear with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Taiwan and alongside the Staatskapelle Weimar.