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Rowan Bell Classical Violin Teacher (South East London)

Rowan Bell Gold Member

  • Crystal Palace (SE19) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 02 Nov 2014
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Bexley, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Sevenoaks, Southwark, Tandridge
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Whether you're a beginner, or need guidance with grade exams, scholarship auditions or music school entrance exams please get in touch - I'd love to hear from you. If you have the time to practise, I have all the time in the world to teach you!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach violin from beginner to conservatoire level.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have BMus and MMus degrees from the Royal College of Music.


Founder member, Director and Principal Second Violin of the innovative Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Scottish violinist Rowan Bell has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader in many of the most prestigious concert venues in the UK, including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, the Barbican, King's Place, the Usher Hall and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.

Rowan is currently first violin in the Santiago Quartet and is a past member of the Vardanyan Quartet, with whom he held the Bulldog Junior Fellowship at Trinity College of Music from 2008-2009. The quartet was also MBF Ensemble in Residence at Lake District Summer Music and were Park Lane Group Young Artists 2009-10. He has also performed as second violin in the Fitzwilliam Quartet, the quartet who premiered Shostakovich's last three string quartets, and has performed as a chamber musician with international artists including Jennifer Pike, Martin Fröst, Kathryn Stott, Philip Higham, Levon Chilingirian, Simon Roland-Jones and Arisa Fugita. As a member of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra and the Arensky Ensemble he has recorded live for Classic FM.

Rowan grew up in the Scottish Borders, beginning violin lessons at the age of six. He subsequently became leader of the National Scottish Youth Orchestra and Camerata Scotland, before gaining BMus and MMus degrees as a Douglas Downie Scholar at the Royal College of Music studying under Professor Dona Lee Croft. He has also worked extensively with Professor Béla Katona, Levon Chilingirian and Gabor Takács-Nagy. Rowan has taught on Ciaccona International Music Course, as well as being a regular teacher at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He is also a Trustee of the Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians, which provides financial assistance to talented young instrumentalists.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have a great deal of teaching experience at all levels, from beginner to music conservatoire standard, and have taught at institutions and on courses including Trinity Laban School of Music and Drama, Ciacconna International Music Course and the Royal College of Music Junior Department. My pupils have been accepted at specialist music schools and music conservatoires, have been members of the National Youth Orchestra and have led sections in the National Childrens' Orchestra. If you are interested in private lessons please get in touch, whether you're an absolute beginner or need help preparing for a scholarship audition - all abilities are welcome!
How much do you charge?
Consultation lessons are free!

£45 for one hour
£35 for 45 minutes
£25 for 30 minutes

Chamber music:
£60 per hour
Where do you teach?
I teach from my house near Crystal Palace, but can travel (this may incur an extra cost).
When are you available?
I am usually available during the day, after school, and sometimes at weekends.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
All are welcome!
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall exams.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have some excellent students of whom I am very proud. Between them they have recently been accepted at Chetham's School of Music, The Purcell Schoo and Interlochen Summer School, as well as playing in the National Children's Orchestra, the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra.

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