Roderick Seed is a British flute player based in London UK, who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010.
He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2009. He won the "Paddy Purcell Award" - an Entrance Scholarship - to study with William Bennett, OBE. He went on to study with Lorna McGhee, the principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he also received a scholarship. Previously, he has studied with Sebastian Bell, Kate Hill and Pat Morris (piccolo) and has participated in masterclasses given by international artists such as Emily Beynon, Emmanuel Pahud, Jacques Zoon, David Takeno (violin professor) and Shigenori Kudo.
In September 2010 Roderick was a First Prize Winner of the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition (New York) and in October he performed at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.
He is the author of "Mastering the Flute with William Bennett", published by Indiana University Press. This is a book of exercises based on the teaching of William Bennett.
Roderick has given recitals and concerts in venues such as Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh Festival), St Martin in the Fields, St James's Piccadilly and Westminster Cathedral, as well as concert halls in Canada, Hungary, Germany and USA. He has played with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, West Coast Symphony Orchestra, Postmodern Camerata, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, London Octave and has toured Europe as soloist in Malcolm Arnold's Flute Concerto with West Sussex County Orchestra. Most recently, he has given concerts and masterclasses in Canada and Japan. He has played alongside flautists such as William Bennett and Denis Bouriakov. He has been conducted by inspiring artists such as Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Leif Segerstam, Bramwell Tovey, Lahav Shani, Andrew Litton, David Danzmayr, and Jun Märkl.
Roderick is a keen advocate of new music, having worked with many composers whilst still a student. He has premiered many chamber works by young composers and also a concerto by Nimrod Borenstein as a result of winning the solo award at the London Concerto Competition. In 2010, he gave a premiere of a new work written especially for him by Eddie McGuire at the British Flute Society Convention in Manchester.
Roderick is an active teacher. He was Teaching Assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School in 2009 and 2010. He has also given masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, Liszt Ferenc Academy in Budapest, and for the Royal Muscat Philharmonic Orchestra in Oman. He has given classes and concerts in Japan, Canada, USA, and Europe. He was on the flute faculty for VSO School of Music in Vancouver and an honorary jury member for the 7th Internet Competition of Young Performers "My Favourite Flute". He is a member of the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians).
Roderick is an Altus Flutes artist and plays on an Altus 1507 medium-heavy wall flute with a headjoint made by Miguel Arista. He runs his own flute retreat each year in the UK and teaches flute for Richmond Music Trust.
He also teaches a series of online Zoom classes called "Fluting with Friends"and teaches an annual course in Vancouver Canada.
“Every note was a jewel. .. He played with a harlequin of tone colours.”
William Bennett OBE
“He produces a wonderful sound from the instrument, and he demonstrates an exceptional musicality and individuality in his performance."
Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition
"I loved your playing. I liked your finesse, variety of sound, intelligence, dignity and your musicality brought a lump to my throat.."
Atarah Ben-Tovim MBE
"A fabulous show of elegance, elan and musical virtuosity."
Vancouver Out For Lunch concert series
Online and/or in person. All ages and abilities welcome. Lessons in London and Peterborough
Roderick Seed's flute retreats in the UK. Lessons, chamber music, technique classes, and more. For a maximum of 6 participants per retreat. All ages and levels welcome.