A year after beginning the cello with her Father, Rowena began her musical education at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, with Ruth Beauchamp. After her Queens Hall debut when she was twelve years old, several concerto opportunities and masterclasses from masters including Mstislav Rostropovich, Steven Isserlis and Steven Doane, Rowena transferred to the Yehudi Menuhin School to study with Leonid Gorokhov. It was here that she performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Cello Festival, UK, Kronberg Cello Festival, Germany, and in the UNESCO Celebrations, Paris.

 

Rowena then went to The Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Paul Watkins and was a string finalist of BBC Young Musicians 2002. Her studies continued at the Royal Northern College of Music with Hannah Roberts. Here she was the winner of the RNCM Gold Medal, the Sir John Barbirolli Prize, Busenhart Morgen Evans Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Tillett trust Education Award, The Haworth Trust award for Cellists, an Ian Fleming Award from the MBF, a Countess of Munster Star Award, The Jellineck Award, The Myra Hess Award, The Oglesby Education Award and a bow from the Scottish Arts Council; she also enjoyed being a part of the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme.

 

Solo and chamber music engagements have taken her as far afield as Europe, India and Thailand. Concerto engagements include performing Haydn C major with the London Mozart Players and the Darwin Ensemble that was broadcast live on Classic FM.