Roger Vignoles is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians of today. He regularly partners the finest singers in major venues around the world and is regarded as a leading authority on the song repertoire, both as an art and execution.
Originally inspired by the playing of Gerald Moore, Roger Vignoles decided to pursue a career as a piano accompanist, and completed his training with the renowned Viennese-born teacher Paul Hamburger. Since then reviewers worldwide have consistently recognised his distinctive qualities as a player. In a career already spanning four decades he has collaborated with such leading singers as Elisabeth Söderström, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Kathleen Battle, Christine Brewer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Bernarda Fink, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Wolfgang Holzmair, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dame Felicity Lott, Mark Padmore, John Mark Ainsley, Joan Rodgers and Sarah Walker and performs regularly at major venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Cologne, Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw, Musee d’Orsay, Frankfurt Oper, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Bonn Beethovenfest, and Teatro del Zarzuela in Madrid. Recently he also made extended tours of North America with Kate Royal and Measha Brueggergosman, and of Japan with Mihoko Fujimura.
Apart from giving recitals, Roger Vignoles is frequently active in devising and directing programmes and festivals of song. He has created several series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, including “Young Brahms”, “Landscape into Song” (a celebration of Schubert) and “Scenes from Schumann”. From 1998 to 2002 he was artistic director of the Nagaoka Winter Festival in Japan, and since 2002 has devised and directed the annual Ciclo de Lied Galega at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Roger Vignoles’ extensive discography includes many highly-acclaimed recordings, from German Lieder and French Melodies to Spanish Canciones and Cabaret Songs. Among recent highlights are Schumann and Brahms with Bernarda Fink on Harmonia Mundi; Britten, the ongoing Hyperion Strauss series with Christine Brewer, Anne Schwanewilms, Andrew Kennedy, Christopher Maltman and Alastair Miles; and Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Robert Holl on Hyperion. Future releases include Britten’s Donne Sonnets and Winter Words with Mark Padmore on Harmonia Mundi and solo album by Renata Pokupic with Altara Music.
Roger Vignoles is also an outstanding teacher, and has given masterclasses in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Montreal and Toronto. He is a regular visitor to the University of Indiana, Bloomington, as well as to the Britten-Pears Young Artists’ Programme at Snape, and is Prince Consort Professor of Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music in London. Since 2004 he has been director of Sommer Lied Weinberg, an international workshop for singers and pianists in Upper Austria.
This season Roger appears in recitals with Christine Brewer, Angelika Kirchschlager, Werner Güra, Florian Boesch, Camilla Tilling, Daniela Lehner, Elizabeth Watts, Allan Clayton, Marlis Petersen, Kate Royal and Mark Padmore. He will also present his Strauss series at the Wigmore Hall.