Nadia Barrow has delighted in performance opportunities that have taken her throughout the USA, Australia, France and New Zealand, appearing on some of the world’s great stages such as Carnegie Hall.
Nadia achieved her Bachelor of Music, with Distinction and the Robert S. Alva Memorial Award having achieved best overall results, at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2020. She had the privilege and joy of studying under internationally acclaimed cellists György Déri, Trish O’Brien, Molly Kadarauch, and Meta Weiss. Recipient of the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship, the Nora Baird Audition Bursary, and the George Alexander Foundation Scholarship, Nadia was winner of the Piatti Prize and Ross Peters 4MBS Chamber Music Prize. Nadia took great joy in leading the cello sections of the Conservatorium Symphony and Opera Orchestra, and performed the Lalo Cello Concerto in the 2020 Concerto Festival.
Nadia is a founding member of the Artamidae String Quartet, an ambitious, award-winning ensemble who have been invited to festivals across Australia and New Zealand, including residencies at Bendigo and Peninsula Chamber Music Festivals, performance for Twilight Classics in Adelaide, Tempo Rubato and the 2023 3MBS marathon. Artamidae are excitedly preparing for the ANAM Quartetthaus Season in April/May this year alongside 5 other Australian and UK quartets, alongside the Australian String Quartet. Nadia’s passion for solo and chamber performance has motivated frequent appearances in Recitals Australia and Musica Viva concert series, and she was exhilarated by her invitation to return and perform in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music 2021.
Whist at ANAM, Nadia has performed as principal cellist to the ANAM Orchestra for various Mostly Mozart programs and residencies, was associate principal alongside ACO’S Timo-Veikko Valve in 2022 and has been awarded the Gwen Nisbet Encouragement Award (2022) and ANAMobbligato Chamber Music Prize (2021). Favourite experiences have included arranging Piazzola’s Grand Tango for Cello and Bandoneon for her second-year recital, performing multiple live to air broadcasts with 3MBS and 2021 Sound Vibrations Workshop for students from the Victorian College for the Deaf.
Nadia has loved shaking up her musical adventures with performances alongside her beloved Melbourne Tango Orchestra, touring with Michael Bublé, and sessional recording with the Australian Pirate Metal Band - Lagerstein. When not practicing her cello, Nadia is happiest when she is dancing enthusiastically anytime and anyplace, surrounded by the colour yellow, or chilling with her adorable niece, nephews and pets.
Nadia is really excited to commence her third year of training with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne in 2023.
FROM: Adelaide, SA. Lands of the Kaurna people.
Nadia’s training at ANAM is supported by ANAM Syndicate donors Mary Oliver, Margot and Morry Rottem, Michael Schwarz and David Clouston, Lesley Milburn, Gina Fox, D'Arcy and Janet Wood
Photo by Pia Johnson