Roger Heaton - Clarinet

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Roger Heaton, clarinettist and conductor, performs throughout Europe as a soloist, he has played with the Arditti, Kreutzer and Smith String Quartets, and was a member of the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern. He plays with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with whom he records regularly for CD and radio. His solo CD of works by Reich, Bryars, Feldman and others, was voted one of the top 50 classical CDs of 1995 by the BBC Music Magazine, and his recital CD, Hymnos, was one of the Sunday Times critics' best CDs of 1998. His CD of music by Erhard Grosskopf was released in 2001, his recording of Scelsi's clarinet concerto Kya came out on Metier in 2002, and Feldman's Clarinet and String Quartet was released in September 2004 to coincide with his 50th birthday concert at the Purcell Room on London's South Bank. A CD of solo music by Tom Johnson will be released on the Ants/Silenzio (Rome) label next year. He was Music Director and conductor of Rambert Dance Company, 1988-93 and Clarinet Professor at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, 1982-94.

Recent solo concerts and radio broadcasts include the Warsaw Autumn, Vilnius, CDMC Madrid, Prague, Bergen, Regello, Odense, Tallin, Riga, and the Valencia Biennale festivals, as well as touring with the Richard Alston Dance Company, and two concerts with Music Projects London at Tate Modern recorded by BBC Radio 3. Current and summer 2004 concerts include touring with Bryars, the Kreutzer Quartet and Uroboros Ensemble in programmes including Birtwistle's Clarinet Quintet and Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, concerts in Dusseldorf, Bolzano and at Tate St Ives as part of the Visual Music Week. He gives regular clarinet masterclasses at conservatoires across Europe. He is currently writing chapters and editing 'The Versatile Clarinet' for Routledge (publication 2005) and has been invited to edit and compile The Encyclopedia of the Clarinet also for Routledge.

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