Scottish violinist Rowan Bell gained undergraduate and Masters degrees as a Douglas Downie Scholar at the Royal College of Music under Professor Dona Lee Croft. As a member of the Vardanyan Quartet he held the Bulldog Junior Fellowship at Trinity College of Music from 2008-2009. The Vardanyan Quartet was the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund Ensemble in Residence at Lake District Summer Music and Park Lane Group Young Artists in 2009-10. Rowan has performed as a chamber musician at many of the most prestigious venues in the UK including the Purcell Room, King’s Place, the Wigmore Hall and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, and has performed chamber music with artists including Martin Fröst, Kathryn Stott, Jennifer Pike, Philip Higham, Levon Chilingirian, Simon Roland-Jones and Arisa Fugita. He has also performed as second violin in the Fitzwilliam Quartet – the quartet who premiered Shostakovich’s last three quartets.
Rowan is a Director and principal second violin of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra and a professor of violin on the Ciaccona International Music Course, as well as being a regular teacher at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Rowan is also a Trustee of the Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians and Ciaconna International Music Course.