Roger Tapping was a member of the Takács Quartet for ten years from 1995, during which time their international career included Beethoven Cycles in New York, Paris, London, Sydney, Cleveland and Los Angeles, and Bartok Cycles in New York, London, Madrid, Tokyo (for TV), Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Their recordings for DECCA/London, including the complete quartets of Bartok and Beethoven, have won 3 Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations, 3 Japan Record Academy Chamber Music Awards, the BBC Music Disc of the Year Award and the Classical Brits Award for Ensemble Album of the Year. As a member of the quartet, Tapping taught regularly at the Aspen Festival, the Taos Quartet School, and the Guildhall School of Music.
In London, Tapping played in a number of Britain’s leading chamber ensembles, making several highly acclaimed CD’s, and touring for the British Council in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Mexico before joining Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet, with whom he played from 1989 to 1995. He taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, was principal viola of the London Mozart Players, and a member of the English Chamber Orchestra. He was a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and a frequent participant in Sandor Végh’s International Musicians’ Seminar in Cornwall, England.
Tapping is now on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, the Longy School and The Boston Conservatory and gives classes at other major schools in America. Summer Festivals include the Yellow Barn Festival, the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop and the Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar. He performs both as a recitalist and as a chamber musician, playing regularly on WGBH and making frequent guest appearances with quartets from the USA and Europe. He was a jury-member and recitalist at the 2006 Tertis International Viola Competition.
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.
Roger joined A Far Cry as viola soloist for the following concerts:
17 April 2008 – Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, MA)
19 April 2008 – Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA)
20 April 2008 – St. Paul’s Church (Brookline, MA)