“Roger Woodward compte parmi les musicians internationaux de premier plan à notre époque”
He performs with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, New York, Los Angeles and Israel Philharmonics, Orchestre de Paris, the Cleveland Orchestra, London orchestras and celebrated European Community Mahlerjungendorchester with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Matthias Bamert, Paavo Berglund, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Peter Eötwös, Eliahu Inbal, James Judd, Eric Leinsdorf, Lorin Maazel, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Witold Rowicki, Walter Susskind, Georg Tintner, Edo de Waart and Hans Zender.
He received dedications from composers such as Anne Boyd, Leo Brouwer, Elena Kats-Chernin, James Dillon, Franco Donatoni, Morton Feldman, Luis de Pablo, Arvo Pärt, Horatiu Radulescu, Bernard Rands, Larry Sitsky, Toru Takemitsu, Yannis Xenakis and collaborated with Gilbert Amy, Jean Barraqué, Luciano Berio, Sylvano Bussotti, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Elliot Carter, Carlos Fariñas, Alberto Ginastera, Witold Lutoslawski, Olivier Messiaen, Arvo Pärt and Karl-Heinz Stockhausen inter alia. As a composer Roger Woodward was commissioned by the Festival d'Automne à Paris for the bi-centennial of the French Revolution and performed in the UK , Poland , France , Spain and at the Sydney Spring Festival of New Music.
His passion for chamber music involved him in performances with the Vienna Trio; Alexander, Arditti, Tokyo and Edinburgh String Quartets; the musicians of Incontro di Solisti, and artists ranging from Frank Zappa; violist, James Creitz; violinists, Federico Agostini, Phillipe Hirschhorn, Ivry Gitlis, Wanda Wilkomirska; cellist, Nathan Waks and choreographer, Graeme Murphy, Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company. He founded and directed the Alpha Centauri Chamber Orchestra (Sydney), London Music Digest, Kötschach-Mauthner Musiktage, annual Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music and the ‘Joie et Lumière' concert series Burgundy . He is Fellow of the Chopin Institute, Warsaw ; was Chair of Music at the University of New England and Director of the School of Music and Dance at the San Francisco State University .
Woodward's repertoire is prodigious and covers all styles and periods with over one hundred recordings and videos for DGG, Decca, EMI, RCA, BMG, Warners, Artworks Australia, ABC Classics, Etcetera Records BV (Holland), Polskie Nagrania, CPO, Unicorn and performed at over 120 International Festivals on five continents including Sviatoslav Richter's Festival at Grange de Meslay, Tours, on several occasions. He made television documentaries with Xenakis, Stockhausen, Cage, Pärt and Boulez.
In Sydney Roger Woodward first studied organ and church music with Kenneth Long before commencing piano studies with Alexander Sverjensky (a pupil of Rakhmaninov) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied composition with Raymond Hanson and conducting with Sir Eugene Goossens. He continued piano studies with Zbigniew Drzewiekci at the National Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw (a pupil of Blumenthal, Paderewski and lifelong friend of Szymanowski and Rubinstein). Although recipient of four doctorates from Universities in Australia and Canada, he earned his Doctorate of Music with the Music Department of the University of Sydney and is the author of publications on Takemitsu, Feldman, Penderecki, Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas, Chopin, Debussy, Jean Barraqué, Yannis Xenakis, Larry Sitsky, and is currently preparing a publication on Skryabin and his impact on the lost Russian avant garde of the' twenties;
Recognition of his work for human rights, for UNESCO and Music includes international distinctions and awards, among them the Polish Order of Merit, award of the City of London and Order of the British Empire. He is a Companion of the Order of Australia , Chevalier of the French Order ‘Arts et des Lettres' and was designated a National Treasure by the Australian National Trust. Roger Woodward was described by Tom Sutcliffe on the London Guardian as a “pianistic genius”; by Le Monde de la Musique, Paris for his Debussy performances as “magnificent”; in Edinburgh as “a musician's musician” and in Sydney as a “giant of the keyboard ” .
In traditions long established by Dame Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger, Roger Woodward works with children in rural areas and regularly performs at a wide variety of country and city venues.