Biography

Cassandra Miller

  • Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada, 1976
  • Composer

“absolutely fascinating” — Alex Ross

“sweet, slightly surreal music” — New York Times

“like the wryness of Samuel Beckett in combination with the whimsy of Italo Calvino” — Musicworks

Cassandra Miller is a Canadian composer and impresario, currently living in the Pennines of West Yorkshire (UK).

In the New World (Canada), she is a regular collaborator of the Quatuor Bozzini, who have performed her work in England, Holland, Belgium, Uruguay, and across Canada; and in the Old World (the UK), both Philip Thomas and the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble have promoted her work widely. Upcoming projects include a large song cycle written for Apartment House, and a solo piano work written in collaboration with Michael Finnissy.

Other notable collaborators include Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles; Charles Curtis in San Diego; the late great Ensemble Kore with the outstanding mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau (Montreal); the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (with I Musici de Montréal); Music on Main (Vancouver); Continuum Contemporary Music Ensemble (Toronto); and Aventa (Victoria), among many others. Her composition Bel Canto, commissioned by Ensemble Kore, received the 2011 Jules-Léger Prize for New Chamber Music, Canada’s highest honour for composition.

From 2010 to 2013, Cassandra was Artistic Director of Innovations en concert, a not-for-profit presenter of experimental chamber music in Montreal. In that post, she led the organization into a new era where it became known for its unusual programming, its support of young freelancers, the commissioning of monumental works, and the building of international connections for Québec artists.

Cassandra studied privately with Michael Finnissy, and holds a Master of Music from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (Richard Ayres, Yannis Kyriakides), and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria (Christopher Butterfield). She is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Huddersfield (Bryn Harrison).

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