Diana Rowan

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Diana Rowan

Diana Rowan is currently performing worldwide and recording both as a solo artist and collaborator. Her playing and compositions have "unusual power and beauty." Her latest album reflects recent travels in Asia and PhD research into the unusual harps of Ethiopia and Persia - the original harps. Combining both virtuosic technique from classical training and soulfulness from immersion in folk traditions, this artist explores the borders of the harp's voice.

Diana Rowan studies

Diana Rowan was born in Ireland, she lived, performed and studied on the East Coast, in Europe and the Middle East before choosing Berkeley, California, where she received her Master of Music (MM) degree. Each country left a strong impression on her music, which interweaves Celtic, Eastern European, Near Eastern and classical arts and mythology.

Diana Rowan performances

Besides performing everywhere from the Australian Harp Festival to Washington DC's Smithsonian to Eastern European cathedrals, Diana Rowan teaches to advanced level and can be heard on many CDs and soundtracks for film and TV, including her three solo albums. She splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Eastern Europe, pursuing a PhD in harp composition at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. This San Francisco Harpist believes strongly in the healing power of music and plays often in hospitals and healing centers.

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Country United States
City San Francisco
State/Province California
Performer Type Musical Act

11 responses to “Diana Rowan”

  1. John says:

    I first heard your music on Rythmbox and fell madly in love with your harp. Wonderful music on what was a very trying day for me. Thank you for making my day bright. – John (Jul 13, 2009)

  2. Client says:

    I just got an iPod and am so in love with this CD!!! I can hear the subtleties through the headset so much more clearly now. My favorites are the Love Set and the Holy Trinity—divine and almost ecstatic! I have listened almost non-stop for 2 days. Thank you, thank you.

  3. Client says:

    I’m loving your CD…very deep and magical…haunting with the Celtic-Mediterranean connection…seamlessly beautiful…

  4. Corey says:

    Your CD has been playing literally for days here at home …Lovely and loving and lively and sumptuous and healing/soothing ….Best wishes always … – Corey Mason

  5. Jim says:

    It’s like throwing open all the windows of your house (on a nice day). Totally lovely. – about The Bright Knowlewdge – Jim Krusoe

  6. Thekla says:

    Your concert last night was transporting — the music was lyrical and powerful at the same time, a lovely combination of romance and thoughtfulness. Thank you so much. – Thekla Hammond

  7. Wendy says:

    Thank you for bringing more enchantment into my world! – Wendy Gillissen

  8. Karen says:

    I so enjoyed your CD. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. The Indian touches were appreciated and you really made the harp sound like a sitar & tambura, capturing the flavor of Indian music. Congratulations – Karen Gottlieb

  9. Ray says:

    I hear things in your playing and in your harp that I just don’t hear anywhere else. – Ray Kolling

  10. Liz says:

    Thank for this positive and transformative musical experience. The purity and beauty of your music took me on a journey towards self-realization that I need to live my life now, embracing all that is good and right for my life. – Liz Faletti

  11. Cymber Lily Quinn says:

    I have been working with business and professional coaches for almost 20 years. Each one has brought various strengths, but only Diana Rowan had the whole package. I needed business coach who was also a musician and a harpist. I needed a harp coach who understood the mechanics of having a thriving harp-based business.

    In just a few short months, Diana helped me get organized, set realistic goals and put structure in place to keep me on track.

    At the same time, she opened doors that I had kept closed, gently pushing me to embrace a bigger vision of my music and myself.

    Having the Harp Ecosystem – a group of like-minded women – has been enormously helpful and very different. Most coaches I have worked with provide only one-on-one coaching. But Diana’s “sangha” approach – building group support is new and completely refreshing. I no longer feel I am working alone in a silo.

    Diana’s knowledge of technique is unique among harp teachers. She was able to immediately identify posture problems that I had struggled with for years. She was able to correct some of my technical problems, and get me playing more fluidly and with more ease.

    I also enjoy our composition conversations where I can ask questions about phrasing, spelling, jazz chords and world music, and always get an engaging and interesting answer.

    Having Diana on my side has given me the support I have needed to try new things, and it’s giving me the freedom to grow as a musician much more quickly than if I were working alone.
    Cymber Lily Quinn

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