A Piano Prodigy from the age of three, Jazz was Roy Budd’s first love. From that age, when he was already tapping ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’ with one finger, the piano effortlessly remained his favourite instrument.
Meeting Winifred Atwell at 6 Years Old
Self taught, Roy had already won several contests. In 1952 he met one of his favourite pianists, an admiring Winifred Atwell, who talked of his exceptional gift. A few months later he made his official debut at the London Coliseum.
Best Pianist Of The Year – 5 Times In A Row
By the age of fifteen, Roy’s passion for Jazz was such that he started to perform professionally after being nominated and winning as best pianist of the year at Classical Venues, Jazz Pools and Contests. This steered him on to the world’s most renowned stages and he became a star attraction of Television and Radio.
From the age of six and throughout his career, Roy gave his time to a vast number of charitable causes.
His Friendship With AntÙnio Carlos Jobim
Roy’s attraction for Brazilian Rhythm took him to Rio de Janiero where he met AntÙnio Carlos Jobim, this was the start of a lifetime friendship.
His Definitive Trio
Roy created his definitive Trio together with Chris Karan on Drums and Pete Morgan on Bass.
Duet With Oscar Peterson
Roy appeared on stage with many famous Artists. The U.S. NBC Channel organised a 40 minute programme with Oscar Peterson and Roy playing piano together.
At twenty-two years old, his career took a different course. He started to compose for film music and rapidly acquired an international reputation as a film composer. He wrote the music for more than forty films.
His Charity Foundation
Roy became more and more active with charitable works and created his own Charity Foundation.
Last Symphonic Score For Phantom Of The Opera
At the peak of his creativity he composed, arranged and conducted a 93 minute symphonic score for the original 1925 film, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ but this was not to be his last work.
Last Work And First Opera
In 1992, the Director of the Berlin Oper and world famous Stage Director Gotz Friedrich, commissioned Roy to write his first Opera ‘Britannicus’. In 1993 he was already working on following this up with an operatic film version of Britannicus.