Northeast born soprano Rowan Pierce is an RCM Scholar supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award. She is studying at the Royal College of Music with Eiddwen Harrhy and John Fraser.
Rowan first began studying voice with Betty Middleton MBE and later with Miranda Wright. She has had coaching from Christopher Glynn and John Blakely and performed in masterclasses with artists including Patricia MacMahon, Caroline Dowdle, James Baillieu, Benjamin Zander, Rebecca Evans, Ann Lampard, Mark Padmore and Dame Emma Kirkby. In June 2013 she performed in a masterclass with Sir John Tomlinson as a Young Artist in the Ludlow English Song Weekend (in which she was the soprano soloist in the premiere of a work by Julian Philips).
Her operatic roles to date include Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Miss Wordsworth in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring.
In October 2013 Rowan took part in the Samling Foundation’s first Samling Academy at the Sage, Gateshead. In January she won the Van Someren Godfery Prize at the RCM and in February, acted in the premiere performance of Iain Burnside’s ‘Journeying Boys’. She was a soloist in the Brandenburg Choral Festival in St Clement Danes, London under the direction of Ashley Solomon and performed with the early music ensemble, Florilegium in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in the Bath International Early Music Festival, playing the role of Second Woman. Rowan has worked with leading directors James Bonas and Martin Constantine and continues to perform professionally at festivals (including Ryedale Festival) and as a soloist for choral societies around the UK.