Roger Argente

Originally from Neath, Roger took up his appointed as Head of Brass Performance at RWCMD in February 2018.

Roger has been Principal Bass Trombonist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for over 25 years. In this capacity he has worked with some of the finest conductors and soloists, and in some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals across the world. In addition, he has appeared as a guest performer with many leading orchestras and ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London Sinfonietta, London Brass and, on three occasions, with the Super World Orchestra at the Tokyo International Music Festival. In addition to his career on the concert platform, Roger has worked extensively as a studio session musician, recording scores for leading film composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, James Horner, David Arnold, Hans Zimmer, John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestri and Michael Giacchino.

In January 2005, Roger started Superbrass, a collective of some of the finest brass and percussion players working on the London music scene. A deliberate and eclectic mix of classical, folk, jazz and the contemporary, Superbrass has worked for Music for Youth, the BBC Proms, London's Southbank Centre and many leading county music service providers. Earlier this year Superbrass performed in Switzerland, Italy and Dubai and was recently described by the International Trombone Association as "...absolutely one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world."

Alongside his performing work, he is a highly experienced educator and teacher. This has included an association with Trinity Laban Conservatoire which extended over twenty years. At Trinity, as Head of Brass, Roger instigated and managed a series of international masterclasses that saw visits from world-class performers from orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Roger was heavily involved in establishing the RPO's award winning Education Department. He also set the trombone syllabus for the Trinity Guildhall Examination Board, and he sits on the Artistic Board of the World Youth Orchestra.