Professorial Staff - Guitar
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444
Area of WorkStrings Department
A leading player in the field of guitar chamber music, for ten years Roland was leader of the English Guitar Quartet; he currently leads the Segovia Trio, which he founded in 1986. With Roland Chadwick and Vincent Lindsey-Clark, he formed the Modern Guitar Trio in 1999 to perform exclusively works written by the performers in the group. He is a frequent performer in various ensembles with flute, voice and string quartets, and has recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Roland has played at London’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and Southbank Centre. He has toured Hungary, Israel, Australia, Canada and Germany. In 2004, at the invitation of the Venezuelan embassy, he gave a series of recitals and workshops in Venezuela. Well known as an arranger, Roland has produced over 300 arrangements and transcriptions, mostly for guitar ensemble and ranging from student repertoire to concert material. Over the years, he has worked with many composers to enrich the repertoire of the guitar. Those that have specially written works for him include Martyn Brabbins, Tim Brady, Jim Harley, Štěpán Rak, Jeffrey Sharkey, Roger Steptoe, Antonín Tučapský and Arthur Wills. Over the last few years Roland has broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, and Classic FM and appeared on television. He has worked regularly with the Royal Ballet and has appeared with them at the Royal Opera House, on tour and on film.
Qualifications and Educational Background
Royal Academy of Music
Experienced in the field of education, Roland wrote material for Reading University's Music Teaching in Private Practice course. In addition to giving masterclasses and examining at the major music colleges, he is frequently invited to adjudicate at music festivals. In 1992 he was appointed Professor of Guitar at Trinity College of Music (now Trinity Laban), and he also teaches at the Purcell School where he coaches highly gifted young guitarists from all over the world.
The Julian Bream Prize