A compelling, insightful and energetic force on the podium, conductor Rebecca Miller is acclaimed by press and audiences alike. Her sophisticated music making and evocative command of varied composers and styles, coupled with her ability to communicate with audiences of all ages, have resulted in her increasing demand as a guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad.
First Prize winner in the 4th Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, Ms. Miller is currently Music Director of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society and Orchestra and Fellow in Music Performance at the Royal Holloway University of London.
Miller's 2014 guest engagements have included highly successful debuts with the Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In March, she made her Royal Festival Hall debut in a world premiere of Neil Hannon's new work for organ, choir, and orchestra, 'To our Fathers, in Distress' with the BBC Concert Orchestra and VoiceLab, and in July, she made her debuts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Ryedale Festival and at the 2014 BBC Proms, both of which received critical acclaim (see acclaim page). Futue engagements include further dates with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and with the Bakersfield Symphony in California, the Southbank Sinfonia, and the Solomon Orchestra.
Forthcoming recordings include discs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (CPE Bach/Signum), the BBC Concert Orchestra (Henry Hadley/Dutton), the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Haydn/Signum and Bristow/New World Records), and with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Beach/Hopekirk/Hyperion Records/Romantic Piano Concerto series).
Rebecca has guest conducted throughout Mexico, including several performances with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in the Palacio Bellas Artes, and also with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Aquascalientes, Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan, and the Orquesta Sinfonia Sinaloa. She recently appeared with the Santa Cruz Symphony in California, and is one of the few regular guest conductors of the Southbank Sinfonia in London. In 2012, she made her debut with the Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (Venezuela's premier youth orchestra and younger sibling of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra), which was highly acclaimed by founder Maestro Antonio Abreu.
Ms Miller has released two commercial CDs, with four future discs to be released in the next two years. Her 2011 disc for Signum Records features the world premiere recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’ inventive dramatic work, Goblin Market (1995), a setting of Christina Rosetti’s poem for narrator and large ensemble, with Mary King as narrator. The recording was critically acclaimed by International Record Review, Musicweb International, Gramophone Magazine, and Fanfare Magazine, among others, and received several awards - including an 'IRR Outstanding Recording' by International Record Review, and was chosen as one of Musicweb International's 'Recordings of the year' of 2011. To read the reviews, please click here.
From 2007 to 2010 Ms Miller served as Resident Conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, where she was artistic director of her own series, “Casual Classics”. As Resident Conductor, Ms. Miller conducted over 40 concerts a year, including subscription and spotlight series performances, as well as dozens of education, family and community concerts. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Miller served as Conducting Fellow of The Houston Symphony, leading more than 70 concerts in two years, including her debut on the symphony’s classical subscription series, sharing the podium with Hans Graf.
Ms. Miller’s former guest conducting includes the London Sinfonietta, The Orchestra of the Swan, the Manson Ensemble, and the BBC Proms in the United Kingdom, The New Asiana Ensemble in Korea, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel. In the United States, Ms. Miller has guest conducted the Houston Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Hunstville Symphony Orchestra, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (PA), Musiqa Houston and at The Bard Festival (NY).
In 1999, Rebecca Miller founded the London-based The New Professionals Orchestra, an orchestra comprised of some of London’s foremost classical musicians. As Artistic Director, she has led The New Professionals in guest performances at London’s South Bank Centre, the BAC Battersea Opera Festival, and at various music societies and festivals around the UK. The orchestra’s debut CD, entitled, “Lou Harrison: For Strings” was released by Mode Records in 2004. Featuring the world premiere recording of Harrison’s Pipa Concerto played by world renowned Pipa player Wu Man, it is also the first complete recording on CD of Harrison’s Suite for Symphonic Strings (1960), and was chosen to feature on the soundtrack of Martin Scorcese's film 'Shutter Island'. For more information, please click here.
Born in California, Rebecca Miller completed her studies in piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She studied conducting at Northwestern University and at the Aspen Music Festival, and was the Paul Woodhouse Junior Fellow in Conducting for two years at London's Royal College of Music.