Rowan Lewis is a hugely talented self-taught classical pianist based in Leeds. He was introduced to the Geraldine Connor Foundation (GCF) by Creative Associate Artist Lladel Bryant. Since then he has been supported by GCF to help him become a self-employed musician.

In 2018, Rowan was one of nine young people who took part in Portrait of a Young Creative. We created a short film that allowed him to explore his story in his own voice and to promote his music. Rowan performs an original composition in the short film, which can be seen below.

The film raised Rowan's profile significantly and the promotion from it meant that Rowan was asked to perform at high profile events in the city. He has performed professionally at venues such as Harewood House and Brudenell Social Club. Highlights have included playing to at the Brudenell Piano Sessions with international recording artists and playing at World Piano Day events at venues across the city.

Since then, GCF has fundraised for Rowan to enable him to invest in equipment and lessons to enable him to continue to pursue a musical career.

In the future Rowan hopes develop his career by writing film scores and raising his profile to enable him to make a living as a professional performing and recording artist.

If you are interested in booking Rowan to perform at an event, please get in touch!

The short film in the header was filmed by Ashley Karrell (Panoptical) at Leeds Conservatoire. Thank you to Leeds Conservatoire and Panoptical for their support in creating the film.

It is thanks to support from people like you that GCF can provide life-changing projects to young people like Rowan in Leeds. Please consider making a donation to help us continue to offer valuable, high-quality arts opportunities to young people.