Nia Lewis studied modern violin with Clare McFarlane at Chetham’s School of Music, and, having won a grant from the Sports and Arts Foundation, with Jonathan Sparey at the University of York. She was awarded Arts and Humanities Research Council grants to pursue her postgraduate research at York, during which time she studied baroque violin with Simon Jones, and she completed her PhD on rhetoric and Classical performance practice in 2008.
Nia regularly performs and records with period-instrument groups including The Sixteen, The King’s Consort, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, The Gabrieli Consort, Dunedin Consort, Early Opera Company and Classical Opera. Alongside her performing career, Nia is dedicated to education; as well as teaching privately at home in Oxfordshire, she is a member of an Ensemble in Residence at the University of York, where she also teaches violin. She has recently given lectures and performance classes at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and at Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester Universities.