Rowan Meade

Clarinet/Saxophone

Clarinet/Saxophone

A masters graduate in performance clarinet with highest honours from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland. He was the only clarinettist to be accepted into the Sibelius Academy Masters Program for Performance Clarinet in 2010. During his education Rowan studied with clarinettists such as Harri Mäki, Asko Heiskanen and Olli Leppäniemi, 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, Sibelius Academy Symphony, and since his return home to New Zealand in 2013 he has been performing with orchestras such as the New Zealand and Christchurch Symphony. Rowan is a keen chamber musician having won a number of chamber music competitions, and has up until recently been regularly traveling around Scandinavia touring with the chamber music group Marinis Quintet. Rowan has also toured as a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Auckland Youth Orchestra and the Waitakere Orchestra.

He is an avid contemporary music performer and has won the Lilburn Composition Competition Performance Prize. Rowan 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. Since his return, Rowan has been teaching clarinet at the University of Waikato.