George Rowley, an alumnus of King Edward VI College, has charted a remarkable path in the world of classical music through dedication and academic accomplishments. George’s educational journey began at King Edward’s from 2009 to 2011, where he pursued a diverse range of subjects, including music, physics, and mathematics.
After leaving King Ed’s, George received a scholarship to the Junior Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, working closely with renowned musician Magdalena Nasidlak. Continuing his musical odyssey, he pursued undergraduate studies under the guidance of James Kirby at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. During this time, George also enriched his knowledge through an Erasmus exchange program at the prestigious Hannover Hochschule für Musik.
In 2015, George graduated with first-class honors, a testament to his unwavering dedication and talent. His pursuit of musical excellence continued with further studies under Mark Bebbington at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with the highest distinction in his cohort.
George’s passion for music led him to the renowned Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, supported by a full scholarship from the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust.
As a soloist, George has graced stages in the UK and abroad, including prestigious venues like the Winchester Festival, Holywell Music Room, and the Liddell Concert Series. He has also participated in masterclasses with notable pianists and excelled in numerous competitions.
Today, George is a sought-after performer and teacher in the West Midlands. He holds the esteemed position of professor of piano at the Junior Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and recently joined the piano faculty of Cheltenham Ladies’ College. In addition to his teaching, he offers private lessons from his studio.
In a recent milestone, George Rowley has released his first album featuring Ivor Gurney compositions through NAXOS. Tom Pankhurst, Subject Leader for Music, said, “It is an immense achievement to record a whole disc as a solo artist at such a young age. Massive congratulations to George.”