Instruments: Cello, Viola and Violin
Having played the violin and cello for as long as she can remember, Naomi Rowland is classically trained in both instruments. Holding a Bachelor of Music (Hons) and a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, her focus is on the study of music and culture, specifically traditional English and Scottish folk music. Since being introduced to folk traditions as a teenager, Naomi has travelled throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe playing, performing, and learning from some of the worlds’ leading musicians in this field.
Undertaking the initial performance training programme on classical cello at the University of Queensland, Naomi transferred to the University of Sheffield to complete her undergraduate degree, specialising in folk fiddle performance under Nancy Kerr. She continued on to complete a Masters, with a research dissertation on Folk music performance. Naomi has performed at many international festivals including Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland, Australia), and the National Folk Festival (Canberra, Australia), and has been a member of the Queensland Youth Symphony, and Queensland University Symphony Orchestra.
Settled in Sheffield since 2015, Naomi also undertakes freelance project management in the arts- her interest in music business and arts administration stemming from several university modules at both undergraduate and masters level. She has successfully run her own teaching studio, and most recently been the project manager for Music in the Round ‘Schubert in Schools’ project.