Victoria Symphony Announces New Composer-in-Residence

Victoria, BC – April 14, 2014

Jared Miller has been named composer-in-residence of the Victoria Symphony. Miller, 25, currently lives in New York City, completing his doctoral program at the prestigious Juilliard School and studying with Oscar and Pulitzer-winning American composer John Corigliano. Earlier he completed his MA at Juilliard under renowned composer and pedagogue, Samuel Adler.

Music Director Tania Miller (no relation) says: “I am thrilled with the appointment of Jared Miller as our new Composer-in-Residence and I believe that he has a stunning career ahead of him. He brings to our orchestra and community impressive qualities of creative talent, determination and energy.  His tenure with us will build upon the formidable success of Michael Oesterle in terms of connecting to our audiences and in writing excellent and successful orchestral works. ”

The young Canadian composer and pianist was born in Los Angeles but grew up in North Burnaby. Miller received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, where he studied composition with Stephen Chatman and Dorothy Chang and piano with Sara Davis Buechner and Corey Hamm. While he was still a student at UBC, his composition “2010 Traffic Jam” was commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as part of its Olympic year presentations. “2010 Traffic Jam” has since been performed over two dozen times across North America.

Miller’s virtuoso piano composition “Souvenirs d’Europe,” given its début by Ang Li at Carnegie Hall in 2011, won the 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Award. It was also used as the required piece for the 2013 Knigge Piano Competition; the competition winner, Pierre-André Doucet, recently commissioned and performed the North American, European, and South African premieres of a new Miller composition, “Retour aux sources: Grand-Pré. ”

Miller’s orchestral works have been performed by the Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo symphony orchestras, Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and Toronto’s Sneak Peek Orchestra. His “Flickering Images” won the 2011/12 Juilliard Orchestra Competition and was premiered in Lincoln Center in New York.

Critics have described Miller’s style as “highly personal” (CBC Radio 2) and “hypnotic and efficient, leaving every musical detail with an inter-connected meaning” (Sequenza 21.) As the Victoria Symphony Orchestra’s youngest ever composer in residence, Miller brings energy, enthusiasm, and a decidedly fresh perspective to writing for orchestra.  He has become known for community outreach, including projects as diverse as the  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Connects Program (2007-10), work as an Artsway Ambassador for the BC Health Arts Society (2008-10), Vancouver Opera’s Opera in the Schools program  (2011), and the Manhattan-based Opportunity Music Project (2012/13).

Miller anticipates a busy start to his Victoria residency, as he will be commuting to New York to complete the final stages of his degree while embarking on his first months with the Victoria Symphony.

“I am both grateful and extremely excited to work with such a fantastic group of players, music director, and administrative staff,” says Miller. “They are one of our country’s finest orchestras and I consider it both inspiring and a real honour to write for them. Victoria also happens to be one of my favourite cities, so I’m definitely looking forward to spending more time there!”