Roger Tapping joined the world-renowned Juilliard Quartet and the Juilliard School viola faculty in 2013. In addition to its regular performance schedule in North America, Europe and Asia the Juilliard Quartet continues to add to its large recording catalogue, including a recent ground-breaking iPad video app of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet, and a recent CD of music by Beethoven, Davidovsky and Bartók, shortly to be released on SONY Classics.
Mr. Tapping had moved from London to the USA in 1995 to join the Takács Quartet. During his decade with them, their career included many Beethoven and Bartok cycles in major cities all over the world. Their Decca/London recordings, including the complete quartets of Bartók and Beethoven, placed them in Gramophone Magazine’s Hall of Fame and won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations, among many other awards.
In recent years he was on the viola faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he also directed the Chamber Music program. He has also taught at the Boston Conservatory and at Longy.
In the summers his faculty activities include the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, the Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar, Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall. He has also given viola master classes at Banff and at other festivals and conservatories in North America, Europe and Asia.
Born in England in 1960, Mr. Tapping played in a number of London’s leading chamber ensembles, making several highly-acclaimed CDs, before joining Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet. He taught at London’s Royal Academy of Music, was principal viola of the London Mozart Players, a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
He has performed frequently as a guest with many distinguished quartets from the U.S. and Europe, and he was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society.
Mr. Tapping is a member of the Order of the Knight Cross of the Hungarian Republic, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham, and is a fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in London.