Booker Rowe has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1971. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. Mr. Rowe has played with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, and the Washington National Symphony. He has also premiered numerous new works by African-American and other minority composers.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Rowe has played with the Nashville Symphony String Quartet, the Symphony of the New World String Quartet, the Huntingdon Trio, and the Society for Ancient Instruments of Philadelphia.
He has also enjoyed music on the lighter side, performing with such popular artists as Sammy Davis, Jr., Isaac Hayes, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Barbara Streisand, and others.
Mr. Rowe has taught at Tennessee State University, Wesleyan University, the Settlement Music School, and the Community College of Philadelphia. Among the awards he has received are: the Igor Stravinsky Award, the Henry B. Cabot Award, the National Distinguished American Award, the City of Philadelphia Citation, and the Camerata Award of Excellence.