Roger Vignoles

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Roger Vignoles, born 12 July 1945 in Cheltenham, the son of Keith Hutton Vignoles TD (1905-1991) and Phyllis Mary née Pearson (1907-1994); he is the great-great grandson of Charles Blacker Vignoles.

Roger is a British pianist and accompanist. He regularly performs with the world’s leading singers – including Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Allen, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Hampson, Gitta-Maria Sjøberg, Sarah Walker, Sylvia McNair, Susan Graham, Christine Brewer, Felicity Lott, Stephan Genz, Monica Groop, Wolfgang Holzmair, Bernarda Fink, Christine Schäfer, Brigitte Fassbaender and Kathleen Battle – at many halls and festivals. He also accompanies instrumentalists such as Joshua Bell, Heinrich Schiff, Nobuko Imai and Ralph Kirshbaum, and gives masterclasses around the world.

He lists Gerald Moore as his inspiration for pursuing a career in accompaniment. He read music at Magdalene College, Cambridge, then joined the Royal Opera House as a repetiteur before completing his training with Paul Hamburger. He is widely recorded and generally regarded as one of the foremost piano accompanists alive today.

Roger Vignoles has devised and directed several series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, most notably Landscape Into Song for the Schubert bicentennial, and since 1998, he is artistic director of the Nagaoka Festival in Japan. His discography contains several recordings which have received international awards. He first studied at Magdalene College (Cambridge) and the Royal College of Music, where he is now Prince Consort Professor of Piano accompaniment.

Roger's son Will Vignoles is a member of the British indie band Cajun Dance Party on XL records.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 The Law of the Quadrille Is Clear (Songs After Kafka) / String Quartet no. 3 Alexander Goehr; Susan Kessler, Roger Vignoles, Lindsay String Quartet 1
1987 Brahms: Sonatas for Viola and Piano / Schumann: Märchenbilder Brahms, Schumann; Nobuko Imai; Roger Vignoles 1
1989 The Songs of Henri Duparc Henri Duparc; Sarah Walker, Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles 1
1989 Cello Concerto / Cello Sonata / Adagio for Strings Barber; Ralph Kirshbaum, Roger Vignoles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste 2
1990 Mozart: Trio no. 4, K498 "Kegelstatt-Trio" / Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, op. 132 / Bruch: 8 Pieces, op. 83 Mozart, Schumann, Bruch; Nobuko Imai, Janet Hilton, Roger Vignoles 1
1994 Winterreise Franz Schubert; Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles 1
1997 Rêveries Sylvia McNair, Roger Vignoles 1
1998 La Belle Époque: The Songs of Reynaldo Hahn Reynaldo Hahn; Susan Graham, Roger Vignoles 1
2002 Frauenliebe und -leben / Lieder Schumann; Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles 1
2002 The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 Edvard Grieg; Monica Groop, Roger Vignoles 1
2004 Lieder Antonín Dvořák; Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles 1
2007 Lieder Johannes Brahms; Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles 1
2008 Des Knaben Wunderhorn Mahler; Stephan Genz, Roger Vignoles 1
2008 Soirées musicales Gioachino Rossini; Miah Persson, Stella Doufexis, Bruce Ford, Roger Vignoles 1
2008 Schwanengesang Franz Schubert; Robert Holl, Roger Vignoles 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Winterreise / Lieder Franz Schubert; Arleen Augér, Lambert Orkis, Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles 1
2002 BBC Music, Volume 10, Number 9: The Romantic Cello Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy; Ralph Kirshbaum, Roger Vignoles 1

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