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Artistic Direction

Roger Argente is the artistic director of Superbrass and the series editor of Superbrass Music.
Roger was born in 1962 in South Wales, and started playing the trombone at the age of 12 at his local school, Dwr-y-felin Comprehensive, Neath and continued his early music making through both school and West Glamorgan county ensembles culminating in him becoming a member of the much praised National Youth of Orchestra of Wales.

A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Roger studied with Professors Terry Nagle and Neville Roberts, and was a joint recipient of the prestigious Concerto Prize.

On graduating in September 1986, Roger joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, before moving to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in April 1992. During the past 20 years he has appeared as a guest performer with a wide variety of orchestras and ensembles, including: the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, London Brass, Symphonic Brass of London, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and, on three separate occasions, with the prestigious Super World Orchestra at the Tokyo International Music Festival.

With the RPO, and as a Guest Principal with other orchestras, Roger has travelled to the world’s top concert halls and arts centres, performing at numerous prestigious festivals and venues with some of the world’s finest conductors and soloists, including Ashkenazy, Dutoit, Gatti, Gergiev, Haitink, Maazel, Previn, Rattle, Rostropovich, Temirikanov and Zuckerman.

In demand as a session musician, Roger Argente has recorded film scores with top studio composers such as David Arnold, John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Maurice Jarre, Michael Kamen, Lalo Shiffren, Howard Shore, John Williams and Hans Zimmer, working on such big-screen hits as Gladiator, Sleepy Hollow, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Batman and the James Bond 007 movies.

Alongside planning, conducting, coaching and performing all brass chamber projects at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Roger Argente has given masterclasses and recitals in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Canada, France, Holland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the USA. He gave the European premiere of the Brubeck Bass Trombone Concerto with the RPO at the Royal Albert Hall, and was invited to perform as a soloist at the 2003 International Trombone Festival in Helsinki.

Roger Argente has taught at Trinity College of Music, now Trinity Laban, since 1997 where until Easter of 2012 he held the title of Head of Brass Studies. Due to the heavy and combined demands of a busy RPO schedule, his free-lance recording career and running Superbrass, Roger stepped down from his role as Head of Brass but still continues to teach trombone at the college.

He has examined or taken masterclasses at all the other UK conservatoires, as well as at Wells Cathedral School and Chetham’s School of Music. Roger has also coached the brass and particularly the trombone sections of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, the National Children’s Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra and the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE).
Roger Argente was a trombone ambassador for Youth Music’s Endangered Species project. He is an artistic consultant to the World Youth Orchestra (Musicaeuropa) and acts as a Mentor for Music for Youth.

 Roger Argente – Artistic Director Superbrass
© Roger Argente, 2012


Film & TV List

  • Before & After - Howard Shore
  • Looking For Richard - Howard Shore
  • G. I. Jane - Trevor Jones
  • An Element of Doubt - Stephen Warbeck
  • Evita - Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Prime Suspect - Stephen Warbeck
  • Cop Land - Howard Shore
  • Kull The Conqueror - Joel Goldsmith
  • Bright Hair - Stephen Warbeck
  • Tomorrow Never Dies - David Arnold
  • Une Chance Sur Deux - Alexandre Desplat
  • Virus - Joel McNeely
  • Rugrats - Mark Mothersbaugh & Jamshied Sharifi
  • What Dreams May Come - Michael Kamen
  • Message in a Bottle - Gabriel Yared
  • Je M'Appelle Crawford - Mark Thomas
  • Something to believe In - Lalo Schifrin
  • Earth 2000 - Elia Cmiral
  • The Mummy - Jerry Goldsmith
  • Watership Down - Mike Batt
  • Burn the Floor - Stephen Brooker
  • Joan of Arc - Eric Serra
  • The Batchelor - Dave Arch
  • My Dog Skip - William Ross
  • Titus - Elliot Goldenthal
  • The Talented Mr Ripley - Gabriel Yared
  • Sleepy Hollow - Danny Elfman
  • The World Is Not Enough - Dave Arnold
  • The 10th Kingdom - Anne Dudley
  • Gladiator - Hans Zimmer
  • Jason & the Argonauts - Simon Boswell
  • The Hollow Man - Jerry Goldsmith
  • Tosca - Puccini
  • Ring of the Buddha - Oliver Heise
  • Red Planet - Graeme Revell
  • Enemy at the Gates - James Horner
  • Monkey Bone - Anne Dudley
  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Stephen Warbeck
  • A Knights Tale - Carter Burwell
  • Moulin Rouge - Craig Armstrong
  • Final Fantasy - Elliot Goldenthal
  • The Reckoning - Magnus Fiennes
  • Tomb Raider - Graeme Revell
  • The Count of Monte Cristo - Ed Shearmur
  • Rat Race - John Powell
  • The Musketeer - David Arnold
  • Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone - John Williams
  • Peter Pan - Joel McNeely
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Fear.com - Nicholas Pike
  • Time Machine - Klaus Badelt
  • We Were Soldiers - Nick Glennie Smith
  • Gangs of New York - Elmer Bernstein
  • Reign of Fire - Ed Shearmur
  • Gods & Generals - Randy Edelman
  • Teacher's Pet - Stephen James Taylor
  • Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers - Howard Shore
  • Die Another Day - David Arnold
  • Shanghai Knights - Randy Edelman
  • 42 - Mark Isham
  • Life of Mammals - Dan Jones
  • Johnny English - Ed Shearmur
  • Giant Screen Bugs - John Lunn
  • A Man Apart - Anne Dudley
  • LD50  - Michael Price
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Jeff Danna
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas - Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Love Actually - Craig Armstrong
  • Lord of The Rings: Return of the King - Howard Shore
  • Singing Behind Screens - Han Yong
  • Hotet - Mark Isham
  • Connie & Carla - Randy Edelman
  • Troy - Gabriel Yared
  • Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban - John Williams
  • Thunderbirds - Hans Zimmer
  • Layer Cake - Ilan Eshkeri
  • Arsene Lupin - Debbie Wiseman
  • Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow - Ed Shearmur
  • Pride - George Fenton
  • King Arthur - Hans Zimmer
  • Alien Vs Predator - Harald Kloser
  • Lucky Luke and the Daltons - Alexandre Azaria
  • Caribou & the Wolves - David Mitcham
  • Animal - Jay Weigel
  • Valiant - George Fenton
  • Battlefield Britain - Sheridan Tongue
  • Batman Begins - Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - Danny Elfman
  • Stealth - Brian Transeau
  • The Descent - David Julyan
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • The Corpse Bride - Danny Elfman
  • Doom - Clint Mansell
  • Banditas - Eric Serra
  • The Snow Queen - Paul Joyce
  • Flood - Debbie Wiseman
  • Hot Fuzz - Dave Arnold
  • Free Jimmy - Simon Boswell
  • Throw of the Dice - Nitin Sawney
  • Synergie - Oussama Rahbani
  • Flight '93 - John Powell
  • Young Hannibal - Ilan Eshkeri
  • Till Death - Mark Sayfritz
  • The 300 - Tyler Bates
  • Employee of the Month - John Swihart
  • Living the Dream - Stephen Warbeck
  • Children of Glory - Nicholas Glennie-Smith
  • Casino Royale - David Arnold
  • Butterfly on a Wheel - Robert Duncan
  • Mr Bean's Holiday - Howard Goodall
  • Surf's Up - Michael Danna
  • Anima - Fabrizio Ferri
  • The Water Horse - James Newton Howard
  • Stardust - Ilan Eshkeri
  • Bourne Ultimatum - John Powell
  • Quest for a Heart - Tuomas Kantelinen
  • Sweeney Todd - Stephen Sondheim
  • Inkheart - Javier Navarette
  • The Golden Compass - Alexandre Desplat
  • Doomsday - Tyler Bates
  • The Edge of Love - Angelo Badalmenti
  • Babylon AD - Hans Zimmer & Atli Orvarsson
  • Iron Man - Ramin Djawadi
  • Kung Fu Panda - Hans Zimmer & John Powell
  • Che (The Argentine & The Guerilla) - Alberto Iglesias
  • Batman: The Dark Knight - Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
  • Dr Who - Murray Gold
  • Britain From Above - David Schweitzer
  • Goal 3 - Mark Thomas
  • City of Ember - Andrew Lockington
  • Book of Blood - Guy Farley
  • The Young Victoria - Ilan Eshkeri
  • Quantum of Solace - David Arnold
  • Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince - Nicholas Hopper
  • Lesbian Vampire Killers - Debbie Wiseman
  • Monsters Versus Aliens - Henry Jackman
  • The Good and The Evil - Guy Farley
  • Descent 2 - David Julyanl
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Emma - Samuel Sim
  • L'Immortel - Klaus Badelt
  • Extra Ordinary Measures - Andrea Guerra
  • St. Trinian's 2 - Charlie Mole
  • Kick Ass - Henry Jackman
  • How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
  • Inception - Hans Zimmer
  • Fades - Paul Thomspon
  • Gullivers Travels - Henry Jackman
  • Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Megamind - Hans Zimmer & Lorne Balfe
  • Season of the Witch - Atli Orvarsson
  • Bel Ami - Rachel Portman & Lakshman Joseph de Saram
  • Paul - David Arnold
  • Naked Earth - Ilan Eshkeri
  • Ghost Recon: Alpha - Daniel Pemberton
  • Puss in Boots - Henry Jackman
  • Iron Lady - Thomas Newman
  • Magic Silver 2 - Magnus Beite
  • A Fantastic Fear of Everything - Michael Price
  • Great Expectations - Martin Phipps
  • Safe House - Ramin Djwadi
  • Wrath of the Titans - Javier Navarette
  • Prometheus - Harry Gregson-Williams
  • The Dark Knight Rises - Hans Zimmer
  • ParaNorman - Jon Brion
  • Frankenweenie - Danny Elfman
  • Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia
  • Kaas Chante Piaf - Abel Korzeniowski
  • Jack the Giant Killer - John Ottman
  • Hotel Transylvannia - Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Skyfall - Thomas Newman
  • The Hobbit - Howard Shore
  • Man of Steel - Hans Zimmer
  • Justin and the Knights of Valour - Ilan Eshkeri
  • Endeavour - Barrington Pheloung
  • Fast & Furious 6 - Lucas Vidal
  • World War Z - Marco Beltrami
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - Atli Örvarsson
  • Red 2 - Alan Silvestri
  • 47 Ronin - Ilan Eshkeri
  • Jupiter Ascending - Michael Giacchino
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - James Newton Howard
  • Ender's Game - Steve Jablonsky
  • Robocop - Pedro Bronfman
  • Mr Peabody & Sherman - Danny Elfman
  • Maleficent - James Newton Howard
  • Captain Phillips - John Powell
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Henry Jackman
  • Transcendence - Mychael Danna
  • Divergent - Junkie XL
  • How to Train your Dragon 2 - John Powell
  • Guardians of the Galaxy - Tyler Bates
  • The Grand Canal of China - Klaus Badelt
  • Book of Life - Gustavo Santaolalla
  • Primrose - Marius de Vries
  • Dracula Untold - Ramin Djawadi
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings - Alberto Iglesias
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service - Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson
  • Metronomic - Mathieu Alvado
  • London Road - Adam Cork
  • The Musketeers - Paul Englishby
  • Ant-Man - Christophe Beck
  • Harvest - Ben Wallfisch
  • Rock Dog - Rolfe Kent
  • The Childhood of a Leader - Scott Walker
  • The Childhood of a Leader - Scott Walker
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 - Mark Mothersbaugh
  • The Hunt - Steve Price
  • The Martian - Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Spectre - Thomas Newton
  • Max and Me - Mark McKenzie
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Michael Higham & Matthew Margeson
  • Junkie XL - Spectral - Tom Holkenborg
  • Jason Bourne - David Buckley & John Powell
  • Ballerina - Klaus Badelt
  • Hooten & The Lady - Elle - Anne Dudley
  • Simon Hale - Magnus Fiennes Rangoon
  • Kong: Skull Island - Henry Jackman
  • The Boss Baby - Hans Zimmer
  • Felt - Daniel Pemberton
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Tyler Bates
  • Wonder Woman - Rupert Gregson-Williams
  • Alien Covenant - Jed Kurzel
  • Life - Jon Ekstrand Dunkirk
  • Hans Zimmer - Captain Underpants
  • How to Train your Dragon 2 - John Powell
 

Video Games

  • SOCOM 3: US NAVY Seals - Jim Dooley
  • Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire - Jeremy Soule
  • God of War 2 - Gerard K Marino
  • Goldeneye - Graeme Norgate
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - Jack Wall
  • God of War 4 - Tyler Bates
  • Resistance 3 - Boris Salchow
  • Aliens - Christian Henson
  • Plissken - Ron Fish
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 - Oscar Araujo
  • Titanfall - Stephen Barton
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Howard Shore - Michael Nyman
  • Titanfall 2 - Stephen Barton
 

Recorded and performed alongside the following Artists & Producers

  • Celine Dion
  • Brian McFadden
  • Delta Goodrem
  • Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Russell Watson
  • Missy Elliot
  • Tom Jones
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Leslie Garrett
  • Vannesa Mae
  • Paul Dinleti
  • Angela Gheorghiu
  • Forte
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Vangelis
  • Randy Newman
  • Thomas Farnon
  • David Arnold
  • Paul Hart
  • John Altman
  • Paul Oakenfold
  • Jeff Rona
  • Katie Melua
  • Jonny Greenwood
  • Ricky Wilson
  • Jil Aigrot
  • Imogen Heap
  • Paloma Faith
  • Forte
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Vangelis
  • Malek Jandali
  • Sterophonics
  • Chris Martin
  • Lang Lang
  • Billy Idol
  • Alfie Boe
  • Pete Townshend
  • Ila Paliwell
  • Rachel Fuller
  • Phil Daniels
  • Geoff Alexander
  • Franck van der Heijden
  • John Haywood
  • David Garrett
  • James T. Sale
  • Charlotte Church
  • Maxim
  • Spiritualized
  • Chris Botti
  • Sting
  • Guy Barker
  • Five
  • Point of Grace
  • Eaton Path
  • Udo Jurgens
  • Alexandra Burke
  • Joby Talbot
  • Christopher Tin
  • Chris Wood
  • Diana Krall
  • Tim Garland
  • T Square
  • Isabel Pantoja
  • Paul Mottram
  • Piotr Beczala
  • Joe Longthorne
  • Lee Mead
  • Peter Grant
  • Lionel Richie
  • Diana Krall
  • Bobo Fisher
  • Faryl Smith
  • Madonna
  • Ila Paliwal
  • Spitfire Audio
  • Robert Miller
  • Jody Jenkins
  • Gavin Greenaway
  • Philip Sheppard
  • Vangelis
  • Erick Devore
  • Radiohead
  • Jonny Greenwood
  • Phil Collins
  • Gordon Goodwin
  • Don Harper
  • Mark Mancina
  • Sezen Aksu
  • Erdal Kizilcay
  • Rod Elms
  • Franco Battiato
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Il Divo
  • Jesus Bola
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Mary Carewe
  • Michael Dore
  • The Ten Tenors
  • Tei
  • Sumi Jo
  • Jonathan & Charlotte
  • Patricia Kaas
  • Chris Egan
  • Matt Lucas
  • Georges Damas Aleka 
  • Ali Bongo
  • Phamie Gow
  • The Story
  • Bryn Terfyl
  • Maria Friedman
  • Take That
  • Dame Shirley Bassey
  • Craig David
  • Mica Paris
  • Elkie Brooks
  • Marti Webb
  • Coldplay
  • John Metcalfe
  • Helene Fischer
  • Marcello Rota
  • Kim Criswell
  • Paul Frith
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Robin Smith
  • Laura Wright
  • Kevin Kaska
  • Heart
  • Ricky Kej
  • Christopher Tin
  • Spiritualized
  • Sophie Soloman
  • Mike Batt
  • Laurie Johnson
  • Paul Bateman
  • Jorge Alvarez
  • Vencenzo La Scola
  • Luis Cobos
  • Five
  • Johnan de Meij
  • The Alfees
  • Michael Civisca
  • Craig Armstrong
  • Lulu
  • Adam Watkiss
  • Daniel Levi
  • Jose Maria Guerrero
  • Roger Waters
  • Ronan Tynan
  • Wild
  • Nicky Spencer
  • G4
  • Maurice Robinson
  • Amy Nuttall
  • Blake
  • Sarah Brightman
  • John Barry
  • Michel Legrand
  • Julie Andrews
  • Sir Paul McCartney
  • Don Black
  • Paul Dinleti
  • Angela Gheorghiu
  • Charlotte Church
  • Point of Grace
  • Marc Aramian
  • Barbara Cook
  • Jan Mulder
  • Alan Menken
  • Robert Leslie Bennett
  • Rupert Christie
  • Gigi D’Alessi
  • Mike Dixon
  • Roberto Rosu
  • Andrew Skeet