David Miller - piano
The pianist David Miller is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. The Sydney Morning Herald has described him as "the role model of Australian accompanists" and in the Queen's Birthday 1995 Honours List he was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music.
His distinguished career has included partnerships with many internationally renowned singers and instrumentalists, including Joan Carden, Boris Belkin, Raphael Wallfisch, Marilyn Richardson, Lauris Elms, John Mark Ainsley, Luigi Alva, John Pringle, Elizabeth Campbell, Jane Edwards, Takako Nishisaki, Leonard Sharrow, Meir Rimon, Alain Marion, Igor Osim, Mark Walton, Georg Pedersen, Daniel Stolper, Konradin Groth, Pete Coleman-Wright, Amanda Thane, Tom Edmonds and many others. Mr Miller has also performed with many of Australia's foremost chamber ensembles, including the Australia Ensemble, the Canberra Wind Soloists and Ku-ring-gai Virtuosi. He was for several yearsthe pianist for the Huntington Piano Trio and worked for a period with the legendary contemporary music ensemble Flederman. His performing schedule has taken him to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, New Caledonia, Korea, Vanuatu and Vietnam, as well as through most parts of Australia. He works regularly for the ABC and Musica Viva Australia and records for ArtWorks, Tall Poppies, Vox Australis and ABC Classics.
He has completed an extensive recording and editing contract with ABC Classics, performing the songs of the Australian composer Horace Keats with soprano Wendy Dixon and baritone John Pringle. He has released an ArtWorks CD of Boer War songs with baritone Dr Michael Halliwell from the Vocal and Opera Studies Unit at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Also for ArtWorks, Mr Miller was involved in a research project with Dr Susan Collins which resulted in a comprehensive CD of the violin and piano music of Raymond Hanson. In recent years he has regularly producing CDs including the songs of Miriam Hyde with Wendy Dixon, clarinet music by lesser-known English composers researched with Mark Walton, music for trumpet with Paul Goodchild and song cycles of Amy Woodforde-Finden researches with Dr Michael Halliwell. In association with the soprano Wendy Dixon, Mr Miller has also produced two volumes of "Voice of Australia" which contain a wide-ranging selection of Australian vocal repertoire with accompanying comments for teachers, pianists and singers, concerning the music and its performance.
David Miller has been on the staff of Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 1980 and in 1995 was appointed the first chair of the Ensemble Studies Unit, with responsibility for Chamber Music/Accompaniment tuition and administration throughout the institution. He has introduced an innovative and comprehensive programme of study for students at both graduate and under-graduate levels and actively promotes a wide variety of performance opportunities for student ensembles. David Miller’s studio has produced many of Australia’s finest young oaccompanists. He was instrumental in setting up the Geoffrey Parsons Australian Scholarship and other awards to assist all young accompanists and repetiteurs in the development of their careers. He has conducted master classes and lectures for universities, conservatoriums, music organizations and music conferences in many parts of Australia and Asia. He regularly appears at major conferences with groups such as the Music Teachers Association of NSW and recently was invited to present the 2015 Ian Cooper Memorial Lecture in Mittagong NSW.
Mr Miller has also been a guest artist on the staff of the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, twice on the panel of the Mietta's Song Recital Award also in Melbourne and coordinator of the Keyboard and Chamber Music program at the National Music Camp in Perth. Additionally, he is also a member of the Artists’ Advisory Panel for Wirripang - Publishers of Fine Australian Music and was for several years on the Artistic Advisory Panel for Musica Viva in Sydney. He is currently the president of the Accompanists' Guild of NSW and very active in the promotion of Piano Accompaniment as an independent art form worthy of professional recognition and academic research.