Roger Coull - Soloist and chamber music specialist
Leader of the Coull Quartet
Roger Coull studied the violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he formed the Coull Quartet under the direction of Sidney Griller. The Quartet soon established itself as one of Britain's leading string quartets, playing to Sir Michael Tippett and Sir William Walton.
Alongside leading the Coull Quartet, Roger regularly performs as concerto soloist, and in violin and piano recitals with pianist, Lynn Arnold, with whom he also recently formed the Warwick Piano Trio.
Roger has extensive experience as a teacher, having taught at all levels both privately and at Birmingham Conservatoire, the University of Warwick and the Royal Academy of Music, and has given many masterclasses internationally. He is also a regular guest at Britain's music colleges as an examiner and adjudicator, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his services to professional music making.
In addition to performing and broadcasting extensively throughout the UK, the Coull Quartet has made many tours of Western Europe, the United States and the Far East, and also Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Australia, China, India and Iceland. For over forty years were Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick.
Roger and the Quartet have enjoyed participating in innovative projects, including being part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, with live performances of Joe Cutler’s composition, ‘Ping!’ for string quartet and four table tennis players, and other experimental works.
Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music. Their CD of quartets by Maw and Britten on the SOMM label has received universal acclaim. In addition to being featured in ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone, it was also described as the ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine.
More recent recordings include music by Sibelius, Ian Venables, and Alan Ridout. Their latest recording, released in March 2020, is of ‘Music of the Americas’, featuring Amy Beach's Piano Quintet and Violin Romance, and the Henrique Oswald piano quintet.
He plays on a Nicolo Gagliano violin made in Naples in 1761.
You can hear Roger Coull at the following links: