Canadian-American composer Jared Miller has been called as a “rising star” by MusicWorks magazine, and his eclectic music has been described as “playful” (The New York Times), “hypnotic” (Sequenza 21), “phantasmagorical” (Lucid Culture) and “highly personal” (CBC Radio.) He has worked in collaboration with many ensembles in North America and internationally, including the American Composers Orchestra; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; the Victoria Symphony; the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony; the orchestras of Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton; the Juilliard Orchestra; Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra; the Sneak Peek Orchestra; Attacca Quartet; Latitude 49 Ensemble; the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute; the Emily Carr String Quartet; and Standing Wave Ensemble. He has worked with a long list of soloists, including pianists Sara Davis Buechner, Jani Parsons, Robert Fleitz and Imri Talgam, and violinist Francisco Fullana. His music has been featured and recognized in the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial (2014), the ISCM World Music Days (2017 & 2019), Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival (2010, 2015 & 2019) and the Vancouver and Victoria Symphony’s New Music Festivals (2015-2019.)
Upcoming and recent highlights include the U.S. premiere of Ricochet – Reverb – Repeat with the Nashville Symphony; performances of Luster with the Coastal Symphony of Georgia and the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra; the premiere of a newly commissioned work for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, which was toured throughout Canada and Spain in the summer of 2019; and the premiere of Miller’s first piano concerto, Shattered Night, which was commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Sara Davis Buechner.
Miller has won numerous composition awards, including a 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, the 2011/12 Juilliard Orchestra Competition, and two SOCAN awards for young composers (2011 and 2015). He has also been featured as an artist-in-residence at I-Park’s International Artist-in-Residence Program, the Banff Centre and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. An active pianist, Miller has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center and the Chan Center for the Performing Arts in Vancouver.
As a passionate advocate for music education and outreach, Miller has taught and performed in several initiatives, including The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Connects Program, the BC Health Arts Society, Vancouver’s Opera in the Schools and New York’s Opportunity Music Project. He is currently on the composition faculty of New York’s Special Music High School.
Born in Los Angeles in 1988, Miller holds Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Samuel Adler and John Corigliano. He has also studied composition with Stephen Chatman and Dorothy Chang, and piano with Sara Davis Buechner and Corey Hamm at the University of British Columbia. In 2014, at age 25, Miller was named the Victoria Symphony’s composer-in-residence, a position he held until June 2017. He is currently based in New York City, where he maintains an active career as a composer and music educator.
Learn more at jaredmillermusic.wordpress.com.
Luster, for orchestra (performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano, June 2018
Featured Work: Ricochet – Reverb – Repeat
A study in musical texture, Ricochet – Reverb – Repeat is divided into three sections. The first – Ricochet – is comprised of a chromatically descending melodic line that is hocketed and gradually unravels throughout the orchestra, eventually filling out the texture. The second – Reverb – explores “echoes” in multiple ways, which includes each string player playing the same lyrical melody but at different speeds and out of synchronization, which forms a rich, micro-polyphonic sound world. This section also contains orchestrated “echoes” written at different speeds that occur simultaneously, creating the effect that the same music is reverberating in different physical spaces at the same time. Repeat hearkens back to all of the musical ideas heard so far in the piece and fuses them together to form an energetic and rhythmically driven climax.