Born in 2002, Rowel Elesio Friers hails from Holywood County Down in Northern Ireland.

Rowel won his first piano competition at the age of 5 and has been competing in various other competitions every year since then.

In 2017, Rowel became a New York Sinfonietta International Shining Star and debuted in Carnegie Hall N.Y.

In 2017 Rowel was awarded with the ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) Diploma.

He has been performing annually at the Great Hall in Parliament Buildings Stormont since 2009. He has performed in EPTA conferences in York University and The Queen’s University Belfast in 2011 and 2013 respectively. He also performed in the EPTA Ireland conference in the National Concert Hall Dublin 2017

He performs regularly in charity and church events around Northern Ireland and since 2012 to present has been interviewed annually on BBC Radio Ulster’s, “Classical Connections” with presenter John Toal while also being commissioned by the BBC to record sessions with them to be broadcast over the year.

Rowel was recently selected to take part in the The Dublin International Piano Competition’s “William Finlay Programme for Gifted Young Pianists”. This programme is open to outstanding young pianists. DIPC aims to offer Ireland’s most gifted pianists and their teachers a supportive programme that maximises their abilities and potential to enter a high level career in music. Being selected for this programme is exciting as Rowel’s ambition is to compete nationally and internationally and ultimately hopes to become an internationally recognised concert pianist.


Rowel studies in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin with Professor Ray Keary, Head of Keyboards at the Academy.



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