Yasmin Rowe was born in 1989 and grew up in Yapton, a small village near Chichester in West Sussex and started learning the piano from her mother at the age of four. Some years later she began taking lessons from Nina Levtov and over the next six years won many plaudits and enthusiastic media coverage for her performances in local music festivals. This culminated, when she was ten, in winning the title of Arun Young Musician of the Year.
In September 2001 she was awarded a Music Exhibition by West Sussex County Council to attend the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. In 2003 she transferred to the Junior Academy where she won the Iris Dyer Prize and her trio won the Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize.
From 2005, Yasmin boarded at Chetham’s School of Music where she studied piano with Bernard Roberts and began taking lessons with Murray McLachlan. While there she won the Ryszard Bakst Memorial prize and in her final year was presented with the Vernon D Farley Piano Award. A highlight of 2006 was playing for a function hosted by Princess Anne at the State Apartments in St James’ Palace in London.
In 2007, Yasmin was awarded the Ruth Hewitt entrance scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music where she studies piano with Murray McLachlan and was joint winner of the first-year piano prize. In 2008, Yasmin was delighted to win the prestigious EPTA UK piano competition in May and the Moray International Piano Competition in November.
In March of 2009, Yasmin also won first prize in the Sevenoaks young musician of the year. Over the past two years she has performed in Colchester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Toronto (Canada) and Melbourne (Australia). In May 2010 she gave her debut in Lima, South America.
Yasmin is a keen chamber musician and plays a wide repertoire with many RNCM string players. She is also the holder of the 2009-2010 Charlotte Kennedy Memorial Award and the Peter Donohoe piano award at the RNCM.