Rob Cowan

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For the Canadian ice hockey defenceman, see Robert Cowan (ice hockey).
Rob Cowan at a BBC Radio 3 live event at the Southbank Centre in 2016

Rob Cowan (born 14 April 1948[1]) is an English music broadcaster and writer.

Employed by music publisher Boosey & Hawkes for nineteen years in various capacities, his first record review was published in 1967.[2] He edited CD Review for four years from 1985, and has also contributed reviews to Gramophone, Classic Record Collector and The Independent. He was a co-presenter with jazz and classical music writer Keith Shadwick on Classic FM CD review programme.[2] In September 1992 he was responsible for early radio plays of what became a best-selling recording (with soprano soloist Dawn Upshaw) of Henryk Górecki's Third Symphony.[3]

After presenting CD Masters on Radio 3 for several years (the other host was Jonathan Swain), he had a spell as co-presenter of the Radio 3 Breakfast programme from 2007. He subsequently presented Radio 3's Essential Classics alongside Sarah Walker and Sunday Morning alongside James Jolly. He also appeared on Radio 3's CD Review.

In December 2017 he returned to Classic FM to present a Saturday evening programme.[4]

Rob Cowan is not to be confused with the music producer of the same name who is married to the actress Tracy-Ann Oberman.


  1. ^ "Interview: Rob Cowan, presenter of Radio 3’s Breakfast", Church Times, Issue 7666, 19 February 2010
  2. ^ a b "Radio 3 Presenter: Rob Cowan", BBC Radio website
  3. ^ Rob Cowan "Henryk Górecki dies aged 76", Gramophone (website), 12 November 2010
  4. ^ "Rob Cowan swaps Radio 3 for Classic FM","Radio Today (website), 8 December 2017

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