MISS Janine Sowden

MISS Janine Sowden




  • Janine Sowden has worked as as a casual member of staff for the Conservatorium over a number of years. Before coming to Melbourne, her London debut was reviewed by The Times in London as “…a delicate mixture of poetry with virtuosity.” Her international career has taken her to many major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Barbican Centre in London. She has toured widely, with appearances in Poland, Germany, Russia, America, South Africa, France and Australia, where she has also recorded for the ABC, and performed most recently at the Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre. Janine studied with Margaret Hair, Roy Shepherd and Ronald Farren-Price, graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. She won two scholarships from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust for Young Australians, which enabled her to study on the Advanced Solo Studies course with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. During her studies at the Guildhall School, she won every major piano prize and was awarded the coveted BP Scholarship and the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix). She was later appointed to the teaching staff of the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Janine has recorded a number of CDs, including an album of Percy Grainger transcriptions. She regularly adjudicates and presents master classes and is presently a member of the teaching staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. REVIEWS "Janine Sowden is an accomplished young Australian virtuoso with a real flair for her inimitable countryman's off-beat genius, and her finely engineered programme embraces an ideal cross section of indestructable favourites ... Most enjoyable." Gramophone. "Sowden's playing is by turns emotionally direct, sensitively voiced and fabulously powerful". "Sowden seems to be a name to watch". BBC Music Magazine. "...played by Australian soloist J   


Education and training

  • ARCM(Hons), Royal College of Music 1982
  • DIP(CR), Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1982
  • DIP(Mus), Victorian College of the Arts 1978