Rosemary Barnes is one of New Zealand's most highly respected resident pianists.
Awarded an Arts Council bursary at the age of eighteen, she left New Zealand for advanced piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Franz Reizenstein. Over the next twenty-five years she became one of London's busiest accompanists and vocal coaches - appearing on BBC Radio 3, on Granada TV, and with performances at the Wigmore Hall and throughout the UK. Rosemary has been on the music staff of the English National Opera, and has also taught at the Royal College of Music.
From 1993-99 she was Director of the Dip Perf Arts (Opera) at the University of Auckland. Rosemary is a chamber music accompanist, an adjudicator of voice and piano, and has been the chorus and music director for Alan Smythe's landscape operas in the North Harbour Stadium and for Opera Factory. In 2000 was awarded an MNZM for her services to music. She is a Concert FM National Recording Artist and her recordings include three CDs for Continuum record label.