A graduate of The University of Michigan School of Music and Brigham Young University-Idaho, Douglas Rowan has performed across the country in master classes, competitions, and recitals. Recently he won 2nd Prize in the National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition - Arizona Chapter, 5th Prize in the Sixth Annual Paderewski Piano Competition held in the summer of 2021 along with advancing to the semi-finals of both the 2020 Music International Grand Prix and the 2018 Seattle International Piano Competition. While a student at BYU-Idaho Douglas won the Idaho MTNA competition three times and was named 1st Alternate at the Northwest Region Competition in both 2017 and 2018. During his time in Rexburg he was also declared the winner of the 2017 Musicians West Piano Competition.
Festival appearances include performances at The Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (Italy, 2013), the highly prestigious Chautauqua Institution (New York, 2015), Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival (Florida, 2017), and The International Keyboard Institute and Festival (NYC, 2019). Douglas has performed in Master Classes for renowned artists including Boris Berman, Malcolm Bilson, Norman Krieger, and many others. He completed his Master of Music Degree in 2020 from the University of Michigan studying with renowned pedagogue Arthur Greene and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree on a full Teaching Assistantship at Arizona State University studying under Cathal Breslin.
Douglas has been teaching for 10 years and has experience working with students of all ages and abilities. He has studied pedagogy with John Ellis (Michigan) and Hannah Creviston (ASU) where he has developed skills to teach from a variety of methods and led to the development of his own unique approach to piano lessons that caters to the individual. Douglas enjoys helping students and their parents reach their goals while pushing them to succeed and become lifelong learners and appreciators of music. When he is not teaching piano Douglas enjoys spending time outdoors mountaineering, cycling, and exploring with his wife.
“Doug is really a unique piano teacher because he always takes the time to make sure all of his students have a firm grasp of the piano. His open and student based approach to both group and individual lessons really make learning the piano more fun and enjoyable for his students as they continue to learn how to play the instrument.”
“Doug has been an exceptional instructor over the last year helping me to learn piano as an absolute beginner. His patient and friendly attitude encourages me to have confidence when asking questions and trying new things. He is great at explaining concepts in a clear and concise way and he always has the perfect techniques in his toolbox for working through any challenge.”