A Southern California native, violinist Roger Wilkie has enjoyed a rich and varied musical life. Born to a musical family, Mr. Wilkie’s professional career began in 1983, with a six-year tenure in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, eventually serving as principal second violinist.
He has since returned to the ensemble appearing as guest concertmaster. This experience led to other opportunities as guest concertmaster with such groups as the Los Angeles Opera, including productions of Strauss operas Die Frau Ohne Schatten and Der Rosenkavalier, the Round Top Festival Orchestra of Texas, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and the Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Spain, under music director Helmut Rilling. Presently, Mr. Wilkie’s orchestral life is centered around the Long Beach Symphony, where he has served as concertmaster since 1990.
He has had many opportunities to solo with the orchestra, performing the violin concertos of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Bruch, Prokofiev, and the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist John Walz.
Mr. Wilkie is in great demand as a chamber musician. He was a founding member of the Angeles String Quartet, performing and touring from 1988-1993. He was solo violinist with the Santa Barbara based Camerata Pacifica, on whose series he played hundreds of concerts as recitalist and chamber musician over a ten year period. He has appeared at many chamber music festivals including La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival.
Presently, Mr. Wilkie is a member of the Pacific Trio with cellist John Walz and pianist Edith Orloff. This renowned ensemble has concretized in Europe in 2002, and again in 2004. Highlights of theses tours included a performance and recording of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Wilkie’s career also extends to the Hollywood Studios, where he has participated in the soundtracks for hundreds of films. In 2005, he received the honor of serving as concertmaster for John William’s scores for “Munich”, and “Memoirs of a Geisha”.