Saturday 21st September 2019 7.30
Nia Thomas grew up in South Wales and has studied viola from the age of 9. She recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) where she studied under Alex Thorndike and Rebecca Jones and was the recipient of the RWCMD recurring annual scholarship.
Highlights of Nia’s time at RWCMD include performing with RWCMD
Symphony Orchestra under Carlo Rizzi at the Royal Albert Hall, as principal
viola in the RWCMD Opera
La Cenerentola, and
Orchestradventure! in St David’s
Nia particularly enjoys chamber ensemble playing, and won both the Albion Quartet Prize and the Cardiff Violins Chamber Prize with her Alaw Quartet. She is a founder member of the string quartet 4 Strings Attached, and also performs in duets and trios.
Amongst her solo recitals, Nia performed at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff a programme of Music by female composers, and has particularly enjoyed working on new commissions with new young composers.
Both during her time studying at RWCMD and since, Nia pursues a varied freelance career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, and has toured Wales, England and China with ensembles, operas and orchestras.