Graham Roberts

Graham RobertsGraham Roberts is one of the UK’s most versatile guitarists. His busy performing schedule includes concerto performances, recitals and a rich variety of chamber music.

Whilst still a student Graham was doing sessions for the BBC, playing at the Royal Opera House and performing both in the UK and overseas with the internationally acclaimed Carlos Bonell Ensemble. After graduating with honours from the Royal Academy of Music and winning the Julian Bream Guitar Prize a busy touring schedule followed with concerts in the UK, Europe, America and Asia. He also went on to work with numerous orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Edinburgh Festival), London Sinfonietta (Patti Smith’s Meltdown) and BBC Symphony Orchestra (Last Night of the Proms). He has also performed Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions.

One of his main passions is commissioning and premiering new works for the guitar which has recently included Comme un Rond d'eau by Roland Dyens and Canterbury Bells by Tim Garland both premiered with the Tetra Guitar Quartet (2013), The Stephen Goss Guitar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2012) and Northern Lights by Stephen Goss (for guitar, flute and bass clarinet) with Trio Batignano (2011).

His work with the Tetra Guitar Quartet has produced some critically acclaimed recordings for BMG, Conifer, Hallmark and Carlton record labels as well as tours of the UK, Europe, UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Brunei and Malaysia. Tetra have also performed Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz with many top orchestras including the English Sinfonia and Bournemouth Sinfonietta.

Graham’s passion for jazz has resulted in numerous overseas tours and broadcasts with the world famous Pasadena Roof Orchestra and in 2014 the Graham Roberts Ensemble was formed which explores both Latin American classical and jazz forms.

Graham is also a teacher of note and is Head of Guitar studies at both Radley College and Rugby School. He was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2001 for his distinguished work in the profession.