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Rebecca Miller, Conductor
Biography

California-born conductor Rebecca Miller has earned an international reputation for her compelling, insightful, and energetic presence on the podium. Acclaimed for her sophisticated music making and evocative command of varied composers and styles and for her ability to communicate with audiences of all ages, she has guest-conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Salomon Orchestra, and at the BBC Proms, and the Nashville Symphony as part of the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious ‘Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview’.

Engagements in 2017-18 included return engagements with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (New York), New Haven Symphony Orchestra (Connecticut), the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and the Grafanegg Orchestral Academy in Austria. Following her succesful Swedish debut in November 2017 with the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, she will debut with the Gävle Symphony in August 2018 and will return to Uppsala for two concerts in 2018-19. 
 
Rebecca’s discography includes eight CDs: with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (CPE Bach/Signum/2015 Gramophone Award shortlist), BBC Concert Orchestra(Henry Hadley/Dutton Epoch), and two with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Haydn Symphonies/Signum, Bristow/New World Records). Her most recent release (2017) with the BBC Scottish Symphony (piano concertos by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell, Cecil Chaminade for Hyperion Records’ Romantic Piano Concerto series), was chosen as Editor’s Choice for Gramophone Magazine, and was shortlisted for a 2017 Gramophone Award. Her most recent release is another CD with the Royal Northern Sinfonia of concertos by Aaron Jay Kernis with Joshua Rohman & Paul Neubauer/Signum), released in January 2018.  
 
Rebecca has guest conducted in the US with the Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Bakersfield Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Bard Music Festival, Huntsville Symphony, Williamsport Symphony, and Musiqa Houston, and with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel. As a First-prize winner in the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, Rebecca has conducted throughout Mexico, including repeated engagements with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional and Orquesta Filarmonica del UNAM, with the state orchestras of Yucatan, Aguascalientes, and Sinaloa, and with the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela 'Teresa Carreño'. 


Rebecca is currently Associate Conductor of the Southbank Sinfonia, Principal Conductor of the Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia, and Director of Orchestras at Royal Holloway University of London.

She is passionate about her work with young musicians - she has worked with the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, Wales, and Great Britain, and with the Chicago College of the Performing Arts and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (Teresa Carreño), much to the acclaim of its late founder José Antonio Abreu. She has been conductor at the Royal Academy of Music’s junior department for many years, where she formed the groundbreaking and unique JA Classical Orchestra.

As Director of Orchestras at Royal Holloway University of London, she has built the orchestral programme to new heights - she started an orchestral scholarship programme, initiated a side-by-side programme with the London Mozart Players, secured high-profile engagements (including Music Director of ‘Magna Carta 800 at Runnymede’ a project with RHUL, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Temple Church Choir, performed in the the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and 4000 dignitaries and honoured guests), and founded a new initiative called ‘Music +’ which aims to build bridges through music through interdepartmental projects and to inspire interdisciplinary research. 

 
From 2007-2010 Rebecca was Resident Conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, where she directed the “Casual Classics” series and conducted subscription, pops, education, family, and community concerts, and led award-winning annual performances of Handel’s 'Messiah'. From 2005-2007, Rebecca was the LAO’s ‘American Conducting Fellow’ of The Houston Symphony, leading the symphony’s entire series of family, classical, and education concerts.
 
Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master’s in Music in Conducting from Northwestern University, and served for two years as the Paul Woodhouse Junior Fellow in Conducting at London’s Royal College of Music. 

 

Updated August 2018

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