Bio

Naomi Berrill

Naomi Berrill is an Irish cello player and singer, she’s is currently based in Florence where she works as a freelance musician.

After classical studies Naomi started a solo project for cello and voice and so far she has collaborated with cellist Giovanni Sollima, Mario Brunello, Crash Ensemble, writer Stefano Benni and many dance and theatre groups such as Virgilio Sien and New York City Ballet.

In 2020 Naomi will release her 3rd album produced by Casa Musicale Sonzogno and distributed by Warner Music Italy

Naomi has published 2 albums so far, her latest one, ‘To The Sky’ (2017) is a collection of original composition dedicated to the water, it has been presented at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Since then Naomi has started to collaborate with music publishers ‘Casa Musicale Sonzogno’. Her first solo album of arrangements for voice and cello ‘From the Ground’ was released in January 2015 in collaboration with Musicamorfosi and has been selected as album of the week for Rai Radio 3 (Italian national radio).

Both albums have been re-released in Japan by the label Nature Bliss

Studies

Naomi was born in 1981 in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Her parents, who are both music teachers, taught her music from a young age. In 1997 Naomi was awarded a scholarship to study cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, and in 2000 she moved to Glasgow to continue her studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 2005 she made her debut as solo cellist with the Royal Scottish Academy Orchestra with three performances of Tchaikovsky’s RococoVariations for cello and Orchestra. After graduating Naomi continued her studies in Italy with Enrico Bronzi and Francesco Dillon. She has also taken masterclasses with Louise Hopkins, Johannes Goritzki, ValterDespalj and M. Rostropovich. In 2010/2011 She attended the Masters chamber music course at the Musik-Akademie of Basel studying with Rainer Schmidt. fter graduating, Naomi continued her studies in Italy with Cellists Enrico Bronzi (Trio di Parma) and Francesco Dillon (Prometeo Quartet). She has also taken masterclasses with Louise Hopkins, Johannes Goritzki, ValterDespalj and M. Rostropovich.

Collaborations

As a soloist she has been invited to collaborate and perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Spoleto Festival, Macerata Opera Festival, Venice Biennale, the Uffizi Galleries, Palazzo Pitti, Suoni delle Dolomiti, Galway Jazz Festival, ‘Spike’ Cello Festival in Dublin, Irish folk festivals in Italy and Ireland, Sollima’s 100 Cellos, Mario Brunello’s venue ‘Antiruggine’, and classical music seasons including ‘Music for Galway’ and ‘Amici della Musica Mestre’. Over the last few years Naomi has used her music alongside other art forms. These include original compositions for choreographer Virgilio Sieni, recordings for Ocarina – a music player for children, and collaborations with UNHCR on a campaign for homeless refugee children. She has recorded and performed at many Italian Jazz Festivals with the Jazz ensemble ‘Purple Whales’ and as a duo with jazz pianist Simone Graziano. She is artistic director of the festival ‘High Notes’. A multi-genre music festival which she founded in 2010, which takes place each year in the Apuane Alps.