Michael Roll is one of Britain's most distinguished pianists. Born in England, of Viennese parents, he began to play the piano at a very early age, studying with Fanny Waterman. He made his concerto debut with the City of Birmingham Orchestra at the age of ten and his Royal Festival Hall debut at twelve, playing the Schumann Concerto with Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting. His success at the first Leeds International Piano Competition in 1963, where he won first prize at the age of 17, led to the start of a career which has taken him all over the world, appearing with such conductors as Barbirolli, Boulez, Giulini, Gergiev, Haitink, Leinsdorf, Masur, Previn, Sanderling and Sawallisch.
He has toured in Japan with the BBC Symphony, and in Europe with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestras. He appeared at the first Hong Kong Festival with the London Philharmonic and at the Edinburgh Festival with the London Symphony. His American debut was in 1974 with the Boston Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, appearing in Boston and New York.