Rowan Bauman Swain



Instrument: Viola




Violist Rowan Bauman Swain hails from Charlotte, Vermont, and currently studies on a full scholarship at Bard College Conservatory of Music with Molly Carr and Steven Tenenbom. Previously, Rowan studied at the Juilliard School, Pre-College Division from 2013-2020, where her primary teachers included Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Carol Rodland. During this time, she also had the opportunity to perform with the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra in programs featuring guest artists such as Emanuel Ax, Robert Spano, Joyce Yang, and David Robertson, experiences which cemented her avid interest in high-level symphonic music-making.


At age 14, Rowan made her concerto debut with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra; of the performance, the Rutland Herald wrote, “Charlotte ninth-grader Rowan Bauman Swain proved stellar… Her performance was not only poised and articulate, it was expressive and beautiful.” Rowan also soloed with the Vermont Youth Orchestra as the winner of their annual “Senior Solo” competition, after spending almost 10 years as a student in the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. She is also the recipient of the organization’s Weathers Scholarship, and of the Hermance Prize.


Rowan spent four idyllic summers at the Perlman Music Program Summer Music School in Shelter Island, NY, and has also attended the program’s Residencies in Sarasota, Florida and Tel-Aviv, Israel. Her other summer festival experiences include being a Young Performer at Music@Menlo in Atherton, CA, and discovering a profound love of chamber music at Kinhaven Music School in Weston, VT. Her teachers in this art form have included Merry Peckham, Areta Zhulla, Jia Kim, and Sean Lee, and she had the distinct honor of performing the quintet Famn d’Ayiti with Grammy-nominated composer Nathalie Joachim at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.


In addition to music, Rowan is an eager student of literature, history, and languages, and is fascinated by the intricate web of influence which can be traced between these subjects. She plans on pursuing a major in Classical Studies at Bard alongside her Viola Performance degree.


Rowan plays on a 1974 Carleen Hutchins viola generously on loan from the Virtu foundation.


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