Born in London, Roger Chase studied at the RCM with Bernard Shore and in Canada with Steven Staryk, also working for a short time with the legendary Lionel Tertis. He made his début with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1979, and in 1987 appeared as a Proms soloist. He has since played as a soloist or chamber musician in major cities throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Middle East, India, most of Eastern and all of Western Europe, Scandinavia and South Africa.
He was a member of many ensembles including the Nash Ensemble for more 20 years, the London Sinfonietta, the Esterhazy Baryton Trio, the Quartet of London, Hausmusik and the London Chamber Orchestra, and has been invited to play as principal viola with every major British orchestra and many others in North America and Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic. He has recorded for EMI, CRD, Hyperion, Cala, Virgin, Dutton, Centaur, Naxos and Floating Earth Records, demonstrating his diversity by playing with a folk group on an amplified viola, as a soloist on an authentic instrument and as an exponent of the avant-garde.
Roger has taught in the UK at the RCM, the Guildhall School and the RNCM. He has been a professor at Oberlin College, and currently teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago and at Trinity Laban in London. Roger Chase has previously visited LDSM in 1988, 1992, 1993 and 2015.
*See the panel on the right for details of his masterclass and chamber concert in the 2016 LDSM festival.