MusiciansNadia Barrow

In 2021, Nadia will be collaborating with Mark Holdsworth for The ANAM Set.


Adelaide-born cellist 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 recently achieved her Bachelor of Music, with Distinction, at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where 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, playing side-by-side with Virginia Taylor and Julian Smiles, and performed the Lalo Cello Concerto in the 2020 Concerto Festival.

Nadia’s passion for solo and small ensemble 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 and North Australian Festival of Arts in the 2020 Professional Development Ensemble. Nadia made her professional concerto debut with the Norwood Symphony Orchestra as a 2017 prize-winner. Nadia is also a founding member of the Emperor String Quartet, an ambitious, award-winning ensemble who have participated in masterclasses with members of the Emerson, Australian, Borodin and New Zealand String Quartets among others.

Nadia has loved shaking up her musical adventures with performances alongside acclaimed singer-songwriter Katie Noonan, 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 nephews and puppy.

Nadia is really excited to move to Melbourne in 2021 to commence her first year of training with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).


Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Mary Oliver, Margot and Morry Rottem, Michael Schwarz and David Clouston, Lesley Milburn, Gina Fox, D'Arcy and Janet Wood

Photo by Pia Johnson

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