Yasmin Samantha Rowe – pianist

British pianist Yasmin Rowe performs as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist, her dream is to travel the world – bringing her performances and experiences to share with audiences everywhere.

Yasmin’s earliest memories included her first public performance at age four and winning the title of Arun Young Musician of the Year when she was ten. From 2005 to 2007, she studied at Chetham’s School of Music where she won the Ryszard Bakst Memorial prize and in her final year was presented with the Vernon D Farley Piano Award.

Yasmin concluded her studentship by graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music having studied with Murray McLachlan and Stephen Savage, where she was awarded a BMus with first class honours in 2011, a Masters with Distinction in 2013 and the college’s most prestigious course; the International Artist Diploma in 2014, designed for musicians capable of sustaining an international career.

Of some highlights in her recent years, Yasmin is particularly pleased to have made her BBC Radio 3 debut live broadcast from the Manchester Imperial War Museum performing ‘On Wenlock edge’ by Vaughan Williams, and performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K271 with the brilliant Manchester Camerata at the Chester Cathedral.

As a frequent performer, Yasmin maintains a tremendous artistic discipline which has sustained her through some testing experiences. Once, in a quiet passage during a recital in Newcastle a floodlight exploded, showering the room with sparks (an unintentional, yet spectacular pyrotechnic). A particularly stressful disaster occurred in 2011 when she broke her finger a few days before scheduled to play in Melbourne; six weeks later she gave a recital at the Wigmore Hall so, determined not to miss it, she played with her finger in a flexible splint. Bill Newman of MV Daily wrote of this recital “Lovely poised playing, with dexterous turns of phrase. She emulated those Golden Days of the Renaissance in Italy’s unrivalled years of musical supremacy.”

Yasmin has been winning competitions and awards for over sixteen years. These include the EPTA UK Piano completion, the Moray International Piano Competition, the Maisie Lewis award  from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Oglesby Scholarship, the Myra Hess Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the 2015 Antena 2 Prize in Obidos in Portugal. Antena 2 is one of the three national radio channels produced by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal and Yasmin will be returning to perform for the station in July 2016.

As a chamber musician, Yasmin frequently plays with cellist Yelian He in the duo Y-Squared. Noted for their dynamic, yet sensitive partnership and their creative programming, they have won numerous awards including the Kirckman Concert Society and the Tunnell Trust. In 2014 they were made London City Music Foundation artists.

In November they will be returning to Australia for a series of trio recitals with renowned violinist and ex-concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Wilma Smith.

Yasmin’s first commercial CD with Willowhayne Records was be released worldwide in May 2016 – the disc features Bach, Chopin, Janáček and Kapustin.

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“After listening to this CD of Yasmin Rowe, it is refreshing to hear music played with conviction, love and authenticity.  We can therefore enjoy the pure beauty of these masterpieces under her inspired fingers.” –Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

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