Yorkshire born soprano Rowan Pierce was awarded the President’s Award by HRH Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music in 2017. She won both the Song Prize and First Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition, the Van Someren Godfery Prize at the RCM and the first Schubert Society Singer Prize in 2014. She has recently been made a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
She has appeared on the concert platform throughout Europe and in South America and appears regularly with ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Florilegium and Royal Northern Sinfonia. In 2017 Rowan made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the OAE and her Wigmore Hall debut with the London Handel Players. Future highlights include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, BBC Scottish Symphony, La Nuova Musica and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Operatic roles have included Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Galatea in Handel’s Acis & Galatea, Iris in Handel’s Semele, Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Miss Wordsworth, Emmie and Cis in Britten’s Albert Herring and Princess in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. In 2018 she will sing Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro for Nevill Holt Opera.
Festival performances include collaborations with Sir Thomas Allen and Christopher Glynn in the Ryedale Festival, Dame Ann Murray and Malcolm Martineau in the Oxford Lieder Festival and Roger Vignoles in Leeds Lieder. She will appear at the Chiltern Arts, Ryedale and St Endellion Festivals.
Recording plans include sessions with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Rowan was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Award and Midori Nishiura at the RCM.