Roderick Elms is one of Englandís foremost orchestral keyboard players who has acquired a considerable reputation for his versatility. For more than twenty years he has played extensively with the major symphony orchestras in London. He has appeared in concerts and recordings both as a principal keyboard player and as soloist. Since 1980, he been a frequent guest of the BBC Concert Orchestra whose regular weekly broadcast of Friday Night is Music Night has become something of a British institution. He makes regular solo and concerto broadcasts for the BBC which frequently reflect his keen interest in the lesser-known repertoire of British composers.
Born in London, Roderick Elms studied at the Royal Academy of Music which has awarded him the honorary distinction of Associateship in recognition of his contribution to the music profession. As well as giving concerts throughout the UK, he travels widely and foreign tours have taken him round most of Europe as well as to South Africa, the States, Israel, the Far East and, most recently, Canada where he gave concerto performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under Bramwell Tovey. Very much in demand as a chamber musician, he is the official pianist for the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician Competition and, since 1986, he has worked regularly as pianist to Ďcellist, Mstislav Rostropovich.
His solo recordings include Frank Martinís Ballade for Piano and Orchestra for Chandos (LPO/Bamert), music for piano and orchestra by Richard Addinsell for Marco Polo (BBCCO/Alwyn) and The Carnival of the Animals for Tring with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London as well as numerous other solo recordings with both the London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras. Recordings as organist include an album of music by the English organist and composer Percy Whitlock for Libra and, with the London Symphony Orchestra, an extensive list for EMI and Chandos that includes all the major oratorios of Elgar and the award winning recording of Benjamin Brittenís War Requiem (LSO/Hickox).
Roderick Elms spends much of his time in the recording studio recording music for television and the cinema. Film scores with which he has been closely involved include (for James Horner) Aliens, Land before Time, An American Tale, (for Howard Shore) Philadelphia, Nobodyís Fool, Copland and the highly acclaimed Ed Wood as well as (for George Fenton) Dangerous Liaisons and Shadowlands. He recorded all the solo organ music for the Al Pacino film Looking for Richard.
He has had a lifelong passion for writing and his compositions feature regularly in concerts, church services and broadcasts. Most recently, two sets of Christmas Carol arrangements for choir, solo flute and keyboard (or small orchestra) have been published by Camden Music and a set of twelve preludes for piano, named after the signs of the Zodiac, is to be published shortly.