Hailed by BBC Presenter John Toal as “The Phenomenal Northern Irish Pianist Rowel Friers” and dubbed “The Wonder Pianist.”
Rowel won his first piano competition at the age of 5 when he was immediately recognized as being a piano prodigy, completing all the ABRSM graded exams, and by the age of 14 he was awarded a distinction in “The Diploma Associate of Trinity College, London.” (Equivalent to a university undergraduate degree and was the highest mark ever awarded in the province). By the age of 15, he was also awarded “The Diploma Licentiate of Trinity College London” (Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree). He has performed annually in “The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont”, from the age of 11 and in May 2017 made his debut at the prestigious “New York Carnegie Hall,” courtesy of the “New York Concerti Sinfonietta.” Subsequently, Rowel appeared on BBC television, “Nolan Live” show and on UTV with Presenter Pamela Ballantine on her “UTV Life” programme. In 2018, Rowel won 1st Prize in the Prestigious Cesar Franck International Piano Competition in Kraainem, Brussels, and in 2019 was awarded 1st prize alongside the title of “The Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year” in Comber Rotary’s NI Young Musician of the Year competition.
Rowel’s been a consistent contributor to Radio Broadcasting since his debut with the “BBC on Radio Ulster, Classical Connections” presenter John Toal when he was only nine, Toal since hailing him as “The Phenomenal Northern Irish Pianist Rowel Friers” and dubbed him “The Wonder Pianist” Rowel continues to compete in National and International piano competitions with the aim of becoming an internationally
Mr Brian Agus BA(Hons), CertEd, LRAM, LTCL(CMT), LLCM who attended one of Rowel’s concerts with his wife said: “My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Rowel’s assured and mature playing – his wide-ranging repertoire from classical to jazz, extrovert to intimate, bravado to reflective – all with excellent musicianship and technique, with equal sympathies to each, way beyond his years and his introductions to his pieces are witty, informative, and very impressive”.