Richard Narroway, Cello


Monuments for Cello

This program features three distinct monuments of the solo cello literature, each exploring the instrument's timbral and expressive capabilities in profoundly different ways.  

Bach's beloved Suite No. 3 in C major opens the program,  uplifting and extroverted, immersing the listener into a radiant sound world full of joy and warmth.  

Composed well over a century later in 1887, Jean Sibelius’ Theme and Variations in D minor undoubtedly draws from Bach’s influence. The theme itself, however, is unmistakably Finnish-Nordic in flavour, written when he was just 22. 

Closing the program is the colossal Solo Sonata by Zoltan Kodaly, one of the most substantial works in the solo cello repertoire. The lower two strings are tuned down a semitone, completely transforming the sonority and creating a darker and richer tonal landscape. All three movements feature all kinds of virtuosic techniques, transporting the listener into a folk-inspired world of Hungarian dance rhythms, melodies, and sheer bravura. 

Bach Suite no. 3 in C major BWV 1009                                                    

Sibelius Theme and Variations in D minor

Kodaly Solo Sonata op. 8

This program runs for 65 minutes without an interval

An armless orchestral-style chair and a music stand.
Simple atmospheric lighting is desirable but not essential.

Richard is comfortable offering masterclasses, cello workshops, or any kind of Q&A.

Please enquire. Availability will be refined from the following initial 2025 periods:

February 1 - 9

March 3 - June 8 (Max two weeks in total during this period.) 

June 23 - July 25 

July 28 - October 27 (Max two weeks in total during this period.) 

October 27 - November 2 

November 17 - December 18 

Australian cellist Richard Narroway enjoys an international career as a performer, recording artist, and teacher. He has given performances across Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia, in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Koerner Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Recent highlights have included a feature appearance championing the cello in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s gala “Classic 100: Your Favourite Instrument” concerts in 2023, and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations before an enthusiastic audience of thousands at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. 

His debut album of Bach’s unaccompanied Cello Suites was described by Gramophone as “riveting…an adventure in expressive possibility,” with the cello a “messenger of exhilarating and pensive authority in Narroway’s hands.” His most recent solo album, Requiem, released on Australia’s premier label ABC Classics, also received stellar reviews from the press, being described by Limelight Magazine as "relentlessly stunning." In addition, Richard has achieved top prizes at several major competitions, including the 2010 Stulberg International String Competition, the Third Beijing International Cello Competition, and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition. In 2020 he was announced winner of The Music Trust’s Freedman Classical Fellowship, offered to an exceptional instrumentalist annually. 

Richard earned degrees from the Juilliard School and Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, before completing a Doctorate at the University of Michigan, where he also served as teaching assistant. Currently, Richard is Lecturer of Cello at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. 

Book an artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Create NSW. Musica Viva Australia can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Patrick Brearley

Manager,  Regional Touring & Special Projects 

02 8394 6662