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.
Miller's recent guest engagements included highly successful debuts with the Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and at the 2014 BBC Proms. 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 as part of the Southbank Centre's highly successful 'Pull Out All the Stops' festival.
In 2015, she returned to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at St George's Bristol and the Southbank Sinfonia with her usual offering of eclectic programming, and also guest conducted the Bakersfield Symphony in California, the Solomon Orchestra at St John's Smith Square, the London Mozart Players and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Most recently, Rebecca served as Musical Director for Magna Carta 800 at Runnymede, and on 15 June 2015 she conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Temple Church Choir, the Choir of Royal Holloway, and the Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra in a major event in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England, Prime Minister David Cameron, other members of the royal family, and 4000 digitaries and invited guests from around the world, which included the world premiere of a specially commissioned work by John Rutter.
Rebecca has five recordings coming out in 2015/16:
- her recently released CD with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (CPE Bach/Signum/Jan 2015) was shortlisted for a prestigious Gramophone Award, was chosen as one of Gramophone Magazine's 'Editor's Choice' in May 2015 and garnered four stars in The Times and airings on BBC Radio 3's presitigious 'CD Review' programme
- newly-released CD of Henry Hadley's orchestral music with BBC Concert Orchestra (Dutton Epoch)
- two forthcoming CDs with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Haydn/Signum/October 2015 and Bristow/New World Records/October 2015),
- forthcoming CD featuring women composers with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Danny Driver (Beach/Howell/Hyperion Records/Romantic Piano Concerto series/2016).
Rebecca's TV credits include being a guest on BBC Two's 'Proms Extra' (August 2014) and conducting the Southbank Sinfonia on Channel 4's 'Don't Stop the Music' (Sept 2014). Radio credits include a live broadcast from the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra on BBC Radio 3, interviews on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' and 'Music Matters', on BBC Radio 4's 'Today', and on the BBC World Service. Previously, she has appeared on TV and Radio throughout Mexico, as well as in Reno, Santa Cruz, Houston, Williamsport, New Orleans, and in Israel.
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 Carreño 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.
Rebecca has released two CDs previously - 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. Her first CD was of the music of Lou Harrison for Mode Records (see paragraph below).
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.
Rebecca'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 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.
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, Conductor and Teacher at the Royal Academy of Music's Junior Department, and Director of Orchestras at Royal Holloway University of London.