"...deftly moving his bow as a master artist might move his brush, full of oil paint across a canvas."
Australian cellist Richard Narroway enjoys a varied career as a performer, recording artist, and teacher. In 2017 he made his recording debut with Bach’s Six Cello Suites, praised by Gramophone Magazine for its “captivating sensitivity” and “exhilarating authority.” In addition, he has given performances in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Korea, the UK and the United States, in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Koerner Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. As a result of his stylistic versatility, innovative programming, and wide-ranging musical pursuits, Richard has earned an international reputation as one of his generation’s most notable artists.
Richard's numerous competition titles include gold medals at the 2019 Manhattan International Music Competition and the 2010 Stulberg International String Competition, as well as a top prize at the Third Beijing International Cello Competition. Festival appearances include Music@Menlo; the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles; the Kronberg Academy Cello Meisterkurse; Sarasota, Aspen, Castleton and Norfolk Music Festivals; and Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program in Ottawa. From 2016-18 he performed as part of the resident contemporary ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival, premiering dozens of new works.
A passionate advocate of new music, Richard has performed works by many esteemed composers from around the world, such as Hans Abrahamsen, Tan Dun, Ross Edwards, Aaron Jay Kernis, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Sculthorpe, and Steven Stucky, among others. He greatly enjoys working closely with living composers, finding immense gratification in the process of exchanging ideas regarding interpretation and execution in performance. In fact, his collaborative projects with composers have taken him all around the globe, resulting in premiere performances in the United States, China, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2018, Richard became a founding member of the Four Corners Ensemble, a group dedicated to celebrating diversity through new music.
Richard pursued his cello studies from an early age, enjoying tutelage from Hans Jensen, David Finckel, Susan Blake and Takao Mizushima. He earned degrees from the Juilliard School and Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, before completing a Doctorate with Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan, where he also served as teaching assistant. In 2018 he was named a Rebanks fellow at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he served as teaching assistant to professor Hans Jensen.
Deeply committed to community engagement and innovation, he takes a particular interest in devising projects that bring classical music to a wider audience. Recently he completed a video series involving tutorials of the twelve Piatti Caprices, uploaded on Youtube. He is also co-founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Michigan, an organization that is committed to bringing chamber music to communities across the state. In 2015 he collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD (a project offering dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease) to produce a recording of the Bourrées from 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 Bach 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, Richard 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.