Starting in September 2013, Mr. Tapping will become the violist of the Juilliard Quartet, replacing retiring violist Samuel Rhodes. Roger Tapping was a member of the Takács Quartet for ten years beginning in 1995. During his time with the quartet, their international career included Beethoven cycles in New York, Paris, London, Sydney, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, and Bartók cycles in New York, London, Madrid, Tokyo (for TV), Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. Their recordings for Decca/London, including the complete quartets of Bartók and Beethoven, have won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations, three 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.
He teaches Viola at NEC where he is Chair of Chamber Music. He has also served on the Faculties of the Longy School and the Boston Conservatory. He has also served on the Faculties of the Longy School and the Boston Conservatory.
Born in England, Tapping played in a number of London’s leading chamber ensembles, making several highly acclaimed CDs, before joining Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet. He taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, was principal viola of the London Mozart Players, a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Recent and ongoing summer festivals include the Banff Viola Master Classes, the Yellow Barn Festival, the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, and the Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar. He performs as a recitalist and chamber musician, playing regularly as a soloist on WGBH, and making frequent guest appearances with quartets from the U.S. and Europe. He performs as a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society.