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Roger Woodward: The King of the Keys


One of the most revered and adventurous pianists of our time, Roger Woodward will perform a selection of his favourite works by Bach, Beethoven and Debussy next month at Riverside.

Roger Woodward experienced his first musical epiphany 65 years ago when he heard JS Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. “I heard Bach and that was the spark that ignited the rocket and I took off to some other galaxy…I just soared when I heard that music. Nothing could ever be the same again.”

Roger was born and had an idyllic childhood in Chatswood. As a child he lived in two realms, the real world and his vibrant imagination. At the heart of his musical development was Winifred Pope who taught him from six years of age and contributed to him becoming one of the greatest concert pianists. He says, “…she made a quiet impact on my artistic growth and led me to a love of the great masters.”

Roger has worked to great acclaim with most of the world’s celebrated orchestras and conductors, including Abbado, Mehta, Maazel and Dutoit. Now one of Australia’s One Hundred National Treasures, he was awarded Commander of the Order of Australia, Chevalier des art et des lettres in France and recipient of the Goethe Prize in Germany.

At 72 years old, Roger shows no signs of slowing down. For him music is language which “flows through our souls more easily.”

The legendary Roger Woodward performs live at Riverside 12 July. He will be available following the performance for book and CD signings. This is an event not to be missed.


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