Coach | Accompanist
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. Originally inspired to pursue a career as a piano accompanist by the playing of Gerald Moore, he read Music at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and later joined the Royal Opera House as a repetiteur. He then completed his training with the renowned Viennese-born teacher Paul Hamburger.
In the course of his distinguished career he has collaborated with such leading singers as Elisabeth Söderström, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, Kathleen Battle, Christine Brewer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Bernarda Fink, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dame Felicity Lott, Mark Padmore, John Mark Ainsley, Roderick Williams, Joan Rodgers, Sarah Walker, Measha Brueggergosman and Kate Royal,. He performs extensively at major venues across the world such as the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Cologne, Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw, Musee d’Orsay, Carnegie Hall, the Frick Collection in New York, La Scala, Oper Frankfurt, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Bonn Beethovenfest, Baden-Baden Festival and Teatro del Zarzuela in Madrid.
Roger Vignoles is frequently invited to devise and direct 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. He presents the annual Ciclo de Lied Galega in Santiago de Compostela. In the 2009/10 season he presented a Strauss song series at the Wigmore Hall.
Roger Vignoles is also an outstanding teacher and has given masterclasses in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Valencia, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto. He is a regular visitor to the University of Indiana, Bloomington, the Britten-Pears Young Artists’ Programme at Snape and the Stimmen Festival Freistadt in Upper Austria. Roger is Prince Consort Professor of Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music in London, Vice President of the Jackdaws Music Education Trust, and has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Magdalene College, Cambridge honoris causa.
His extensive discography ranges from German Lieder and French Melodies to Spanish Canciones and Cabaret Songs. Recent recordings include Schumann and Brahms with Bernarda Fink; and Britten Before Life and After with Mark Padmore on Harmonia Mundi (the latter received the prestigious Diapason d’Or and Prix Caecilia awards in 2009). Other latest recordings include the highly acclaimed Strauss The Complete Songs volumes with Christine Brewer, Anne Schwanewilms, Andrew Kennedy, Christopher Maltman, Alastair Miles, Kiera Duffy and Elizabeth Watts; Schubert Schwanengesang with Robert Holl, and Carl Loewe Songs & Ballads with Florian Boesch, all on Hyperion. He has also recorded Strauss and Wolf with Angelika Kirchschlager on Wigmore Hall Live.
Highlights in 2011/12 include his residency at the Wigmore Hall with Werner Güra, Bernarda Fink, John Mark Ainsley, Robert Holl, Joan Rodgers, Roderick Williams, Sandrine Piau, Christine Brewer and Miah Persson; Schumann, Berg and Strauss with El?na Garan?a in Austria, Milan and Munich; Winterreise and Schubert/Loewe with Florian Boesch in Oxford, Vienna and North America; Brahms with Christianne Stotijn and Isabel Charisius in Madrid, Britten Canticles in Antwerp; Franz, Brahms and Bridge with Renata Pokupi? and Antoine Tamestit at Wigmore; and various masterclasses both in the UK and abroad.