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roger carlsson
Roger Carlsson
principal percussionist
gothenburg symphony orchestra

Roger Carlsson (born 1957) studied percussion under Bo Holmstrand and Sture Olsson at Gothenburg University and continued under Bent Lyllof in Copenhagen, before moving to the Royal Academy of Mudic and the National Centre for Orchestral Studies in London. He spent the 1982-83 season in New York, where he studied for Elden C. Bailey at The Juilliard School of Music. Carlsson also participated in master classes in various parts of the USA together with some of the country´s leading percussionists and timpanists.

In 1982 he joined the Gothenburg Synphony Orchestra as percussionist and was solo timpanist in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1986-88 before returning to Gothenburg in 1991 to become leader of the percussion section. For a considerable time he has been the orchestra´s alternating timpanist.

Roger Carlsson has played as soloist with several Scandinavian symphony orchestras, appeared on television and radio on a number of occasions and toured widely in Scandinavia and continental Europé. In 1984 he mad a solo appearance at the Wigmore Hall in London and in the USA participated in several ensemble conceerts. In China, at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture, he played with the Nordic Ensemble, the first group specializing in contemporary music to have visited that country.

Several composers have written pieces for Roger Carlsson, including Josef Fung, Michael rosenzweig, Pär Lindgren, Zoltán Gaál, Sven-Eric Johanson ande Áskell Másson.
Roger Carlsson studied cimbalom for Szakály Ágnes at the Bela Bartok conservatory in Budapest. As cimbalist Roger has appeared together with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestras in Gothenburg, Malmö and Bergen as well as in different chamber constellations.
Zoltán Kodály
Igor Stravinskij
Claude Debussy
Bela Bartok
György Kurták

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soloist Roger Carlsson
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


contemporary nordic
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soloist Roger Carlsson