Nia Lewis (Baroque and modern Violin)

Nia Lewis studied modern violin with Clare McFarlane at Chetham’s School of Music, and with Jonathan Sparey during her undergraduate degree at the University of York. She was awarded AHRC grants to pursue her postgraduate studies in York; after completing her MA (with distinction) in Baroque performance practice, she has gone on to undertake a PhD on rhetoric and classical performance practice. Throughout her postgraduate study Nia has been taught by Simon Jones, Andrea Morris and Peter Seymour, and has also participated in classes with Andrew Manze, Rachel Podger, Pamela Thorby and Maya Homburger. Nia enjoys a busy performance and recording schedule with period instrument orchestras such as The King’s Consort, The Gabrieli Consort, and the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists. She is also a dedicated chamber musician, both on modern and period instruments. Her period instrument chamber ensemble (Compagnia d’Istrumenti) has appeared in the Beverley and East Early Music Festival, and their performance in the 2006 York Early Music Festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2007. Nia also regularly directs University Baroque Ensemble.