Rebecca Miller

Conductor

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Rebecca Miller

Conductor

It is not possible to see the sparks, but you can certainly hear them.
Financial Times

http://www.rebeccamiller.net/

Rebecca Miller is Chief Conductor of the Uppsala Kammarorkester and Associate Conductor of the Southbank Sinfonia, and a champion of unjustly-neglected female composers. Celebrated for her energetic and compelling presence on the podium, Rebecca is also renowned for her extensive work with young musicians.

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California-born conductor Rebecca Miller has earned an international reputation for her compelling, insightful, and energetic presence on the podium and for her ability to communicate with audiences of all ages. Most recently she has guest-conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, and at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, and this season she will debut with the Västerås Sinfonietta and Dalarnsinfoniettan in Sweden. Following a successful debut with Sweden’s Uppsala Chamber Chamber Orchestra, she was immediately re-invited and appointed the orchestra’s Chief Conductor, a post which she started in September 2019.

In previous seasons, Rebecca has guest-conducted 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. Firstprize winner in the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, she has conducted throughout Mexico, including repeated engagements with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional and Orquesta Filarmonica del UNAM, and the state orchestras of Yucatan, Aguascalientes, and Sinaloa. In 2017, Rebecca was also featured in the Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview with the Nashville Symphony.

Rebecca’s discography includes CDs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (CPE Bach Symphonies / Signum Records, which made the final shortlist for a 2014 Gramophone Award), with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Henry Hadley Orchestral works / Dutton Epoch), with the BBC Scottish Symphony (piano concertos by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell, Cecil Chaminade / Hyperion Records), and three CDs with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Haydn Symphonies / Signum Records; George Frederick Bristow’s ‘Jullien Symphony’ / New World Records; Concertos by Aaron Jay Kernis / Signum Records).

Rebecca 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 was conductor at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Department for many years, where she formed the groundbreaking and unique JA Classical Orchestra, and is currently Associate Conductor of the Southbank Sinfonia in London.

As Director of Orchestras at Royal Holloway University of London, she has been widely acclaimed for building the orchestral programme to new heights – starting an orchestral scholarship programme, initiating a side-by-side programme with the London Mozart Players, securing high-profile engagements (including ‘Magna Carta 800 at Runnymede’ a project with 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 establishing a new initiative called ‘Music +’, which aims to build bridges through music with interdepartmental projects and interdisciplinary research.

Previously, Rebecca served as Resident Conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and American Conducting Fellow of The Houston Symphony, and Assistant Conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. She holds a B.Mus. in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, an M.Mus in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University, and for two years was the Paul Woodhouse Junior Fellow in Orchestral Conducting at London’s Royal College of Music.

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Finally came exuberance and genuine greatness in a reading from Rebecca Miller and her inspired orchestra of Mozart's wonderful Prague Symphony

Christopher Morley, Midlands Classical Music Making

Sparkling woodwind were to the fore (not least the noble bassoons), but every department excelled in this account, the agile, insightful Miller characterising every motif tumbling from this masterwork

Christopher Morley, Midlands Classical Music Making

Energetic and tightly wound, [Miller] sold Beethoven's Fourth Symphony as I doubt it has ever been sold before. The performance was taut and explosive.

Mary Kunz Goldman, Buffalo News

It is not possible to see the sparks, but you can certainly hear them. The music’s ebullient sense of discovery courses through the performances and the live recording is vivid.

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

If you’re still a CPE novice, I can’t think of a better introduction to his brand of inspired eccentricity than these terrific, high-octane performances, live in every sense.

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone Magazine

Rebecca Miller inspires the Royal Northern Sinfonia to play with captivating spontaneity, heartfelt phrasing and immaculate internal balancing, enhanced by impactful sonics from Simon Fox-Gál. A winner.

Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine

Conductor Rebecca Miller has everything jet-setter Gustavo Dudamel has and something he doesn’t – precision.

Peter Hall, Buffalo Rising

Miller’s performance is simply stunning and gives the work the fair trial that Bristow and his compatriots argued they deserved.

Douglas Shadle, Nineteenth-Century Music Review

These Royal Northern Sinfonia performances are first class: while the American conductor Rebecca Miller sets convincing tempos and secures the crispest ensemble, she has also evidently taken immense care over nuances of phrasing and the players respond accordingly.

Bayan Northcott, BBC Music Magazine

Selected Discography —

Piano Concertos by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell, and Cecil Chaminade

...the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Rebecca Miller makes a telling contribution

BBC Music Magazine

Haydn: Symphonies

The grandeur of the work seems to suit Miller’s imaginative approach, with some especially effective phrasing

Gramophone

Henry Hadley

Performances from the BBC Concert Orchestra under the American conductor Rebecca Miller are finely judged and nicely virtuoso.

Gramophone

CPE Bach Symphonies

The OAE under Rebecca Miller play with an accuracy and passion that’s infectious...

The Arts Desk

Kernis: Goblin Market

An inventive treatment of music theatre

The Guardian

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