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 and is a Harewood artist at English National Opera.
Rowan 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, Early Opera Company and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rowan was made a Harewood Artist at English National Opera in 2018. 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. Future operatic roles include Tiny in Britten’s Paul Bunyan and Papagena in The Magic Flute for English National Opera, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for Nevill Holt Opera and the Grange Festival, various roles in performances and recordings of both Purcell’s King Arthur and the Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort. 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. Recording plans include sessions with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Rowan is a Samling Artist and was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Award and Midori Nishiura at the RCM.