The Australian pianist, Janine Sowden, 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 Sowden’s 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.
Janine Sowden has recorded a number of CD;s, 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.