The Australian cellist, Richard Narroway, pursued his cello studies from an early age, enjoying tutelage from Hans Jensen, David Finckel, Susan Blake and Takao Mizushima. A graduate of both the Juilliard School and the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, currently he is pursuing a Doctoral degree with Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan. He has garnered top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Third Beijing International Cello Competition, the Samuel and Elinor Thaviu Competition in String Performance and the Gold Medal in the 2010 Stulberg International String Competition, where he was also awarded the Bach Award for the best interpretation of a J.S. Bach solo work.
Recognized for his stylistic versatility and wide-ranging musical interests, Richard Narroway has proven himself to be equally at home with repertoire both new and old. He has appeared as a soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the HanZhou Philharmonic Orchestra, and in recital on Chicagoís WFMT Dame Myra Hess Series and the Keys to the City Piano Festival at Chicagoís Symphony Center. In addition he has given performances in Australia, China, Germany, Canada and the USA, in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Preston Bradley Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
Festival appearances include the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles, the Kronberg Academy Cello Meisterkurse, Sarasota Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Castleton Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival and Pinchas Zukermanís Young Artists Program in Ottawa. In the Summer of 2013, Richard Narroway attended Music@Menlo as an International Program Artist and returned in March 2014 as an artist for their annual Winter Residency, which included presentations and performances for various academic classes at Menlo School as well as fundraising and benefit events for the Menlo program. More recently, he performed as part of the resident contemporary ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival, premiering dozens of new works.
Deeply committed to community engagement and innovation, Richard Narroway takes a particular interest in devising projects that bring classical music to a wider audience. Currently he is working on a video project involving the twelve Piatti Caprices, periodically uploaded for the public on Youtube. He is also co-founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Michigan, an organization that is committed to bringing high-quality chamber music to various communities around the state of Michigan. In 2015 he collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Groupís Dance for PD (a project offering dance classes for people with Parkinsonís disease) to produce a recording of the Bourrées from J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 3 as part of a global repertory project to be used by the 100 Dance for PD classes around the world. In the same year, Richard embarked on a multi-state tour around Australia performing and presenting the complete J.S. Bach's suites as well as a selection of contemporary Australian compositions in an effort to share the music through concerts, educational workshops and various events. Aside from the artistic and educational components of this project, he was also interested in bringing attention to Australia's natural landscapes and cultural history. He highlighted this perspective by recording distinctly Australian works in unique settings around the country. His recording of J.S. Bach's Cello Suites was released in September 2017 on the Sono Luminus label.