Edward Campbell-Rowntree was born in the north-east of England and studied piano with David Murray. He eventually went on to read Music at King’s College, London, taking piano lessons at the Royal Academy of Music with Oscar Caravaca and Hao Zi Yoh. He then went on to read for his Master’s in Musicology at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he wrote about the music of eighteenth-century France under the supervision of Professor Suzanne Aspen and Professor Laura Tunbridge.
Edd’s insatiable urge to perform has now led him to pursue the career of a concert pianist. Following a round of successful auditions in 2019 he has been awarded an entrance scholarship to study for an MMus in Piano Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Edd is kindly supported by Help Musicians.
Edd has performed in such venues as the House of Commons (London), the Torre de Canyamel (Mallorca), the Festival Nerpio-Yetas (Spain), The Jacqueline du Pre Music Building (Oxford), New College Antechapel (Oxford), St Mary the Virgin (Newcastle) and the Sage Gateshead.
Edd’s repertoire ranges from Bach to George Benjamin, from Mozart to Federico Mompou. Although he is deeply rooted in the music of the eighteenth century, particularly François Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau, he is also passionate about the works of living composers such as Frederic Rzewski and Ronald Stevenson.
Edd continues to research and write about music and has written for such publications as the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), the Oxford Review of Books and the Piano Tuners Association. He is a dedicated teacher and educator and teaches Music Language at the Young Musicians Programme (YMP) and the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) based at the Sage Gateshead.
Beyond the piano, Edd enjoys DJing and producing house, techno and drum and bass music (a skill he picked up in a former life) as well as reading about history, running and enjoying the occasional pale ale.
Help Musicians have awarded me a Postgraduate Award towards my studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where I will continue my training as a concert pianist.