B i o g r a p h y
Rowan Meade is a masters graduate in performance clarinet with highest honours from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland.
During his education Rowan studied with clarinetists such as Asko Heiskanen, Olli Leppäniemi and Harri Mäki, and concluded his studies by performing John Adams Gnarly Buttons Clarinet Concerto with the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra. Rowan has been frequently invited to play with orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Conductors Orchestra and Sibelius Academy Symphony, and since his return home to New Zealand in 2013 he has performed with orchestras such as the New Zealand Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia.
Rowan is an active chamber musician having won a number of competitions including the Auckland Chamber Music Competition, and has traveled around Scandinavia touring with the chamber music group Marinis Quintet. In 2016 he toured New Zealand with the chamber music group Trio Éclat, as part of the Chamber Music New Zealand Encompass Tour. Rowan has also performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Hawkes Bay Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra and the Waitakere Orchestra.
As an avid contemporary music performer Rowan has won the Lilburn Composition Competition Performance Prize. He has been part of many collaboration projects with New Zealand composers, and this will be a particular focus in his performing schedule over the coming year.
Rowan has taught clarinet at the University of Waikato, and also has a successful teaching studio in Auckland.
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