Cassandra Miller

Cassandra Miller is a Canadian composer living in London. Her notated compositions often explore transcription as a creative process, through which the expressive vocal qualities of pre-existing music are both magnified and transfigured. Other compositions sometimes take the form of collaborations and that combine automatic singing and mimicry to create vulnerable and hospitable spaces for deep listening.

Described by The Observer as ‘generous, engaging and unlike anything else’, her music has been performed by EXAUDI, Ensemble Resonanz, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Plus-Minus, Apartment House, La Nuova Musica, Continuum Contemporary Music, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Works have been presented at Wigmore Hall (London), Archipel Festival (Geneva), TIME:SPANS (New York), Music We’d Like to Hear (London), Klangspuren Schwaz, Transit Festival (Leuven), Music on Main (Vancouver), Núcleo Música Nueva de Montevideo, and the Warsaw Autumn Festival. During 2020 and 2021 she is Guest Composer at l’Auditori (Barcelona).

Premiered at the 2015 Tectonics Festival by Charles Curtis with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov, Miller’s Duet for Cello and Orchestra was hailed as one of the ‘best classical music works of the 21st century’ by The Guardian. Round, composed for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and André de Ridder, was premiered in 2016. Other large-scale pieces include A Large House for string orchestra and percussion, which was premiered at Ostrava Days in 2009 by the Janáček Philharmonic and Peter Rundel, and which has since enjoyed performances by the Oslo Philharmonic as part of Only Connect Festival, and the Zipangu Ensemble at Angelica Festival (Bologna), a performance that was later released on disc.

Miller enjoys a particularly close relationship with Quatuor Bozzini for whom she wrote several pieces including Warblework and About Bach. The latter was awarded the 2016 Jules-Léger Prize for New Chamber Music. Other prizes include one of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s 2021 Awards for Artists and a second Jules-Léger Prize for Bel Canto in 2011. Other close collaborators include the violinist Mira Benjamin (for mira, 2012), Philip Thomas (Philip the Wanderer, 2012) and Juliet Fraser, with whom Miller created the Tracery project and who features on an all-Miller disc Songs about Singing on the all that dust label. Two portrait discs from Another Timbre have received wide acclaim, including being featured on New Yorker’s Ten Notable Recordings of 2018.

Recent works include Thanksong (2020) for Juliet Fraser and Quatuor Bozzini, Perfect Offering (2020) for Ives Ensemble, and La Donna (2021) for the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and Ruth Reinhardt.

Miller studied at the University of Victoria (Christopher Butterfield) and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (Richard Ayres and Yannis Kyriakides), privately with Michael Finnissy, and holds a doctorate from the University of Huddersfield (supervisor, Bryn Harrison). From 2018 to 2020 Miller was Associate Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, leading the undergraduate programme. She has been invited as a visiting teacher and lecturer at many institutions including Stanford, Columbia, and CalArts, London’s Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, McGill University, the University of Manitoba, and the Orkest de Ereprijs Young Composers Meeting. From 2010 to 2013, she held the post of Artistic and General Director of Innovations en concert, Montréal.

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Cassandra Miller

Metchosin (British Columbia, Canada), 1976

Residence: London (England, UK)

  • Composer

On the web

On disc

Works

Upcoming concerts

27 Apri 2023
19h30
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MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Montréal (Québec)
28 Apri 2023
19h30
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MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Montréal (Québec)

Past concerts

3 Dece 2022
19h00
BarryMillerOesterle
In person
London (England, UK)
3 Dece 2022
15h00
BarryMillerOesterleSmithVivier
In person
London (England, UK)
3 Dece 2022
11h30
BarryGarchikMillerTagaq
In person
London (England, UK)
19 Nove 2022
19h30
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BarryMiller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
24 Octo 2022
28 Octo 2022
In person Residency
Montréal (Québec)
15 Augu 2022
19h30
BeethovenMillerSchubert
In person
Totnes (England, UK)
24 Apri 2022
28 Apri 2022
In person Residency
Oslo (Norway)
3 Marc 2022
13h30
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MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Outremont (Québec)
2 Marc 2022
19h00
Série QB
MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Outremont (Québec)
13 Febr 2022
14h00
GarchikMillerOesterleSchubertSokolovićStravinskyTagaq
In person Free admission with pass
Montréal (Québec)
1 July 2021
30 June 2022
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ButterfieldMillerOesterleStieglerWalshe
Online event
18 Dece 2020
30 June 2021
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ButterfieldMillerOesterleStieglerWalshe
Online event
22 Nove 2020
14h00
Postponed: Friday, February 11, 2022
CheungMacklayMillerSchubertShostakovichSokolović
In person
Saint-Laurent (Québec)
12 Nove 2020
20h00
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ButterfieldMillerOesterleStieglerWalshe
Online event Live
Montréal (Québec)
12 Nove 2020
20h00
Série QB
ButterfieldMillerOesterleStieglerWalshe
No audience
Montréal (Québec)
12 Nove 2020
15h00
Série QB
ButterfieldMillerOesterleStieglerWalshe
Online event Live
Montréal (Québec)
12 Nove 2020
15h00
Série QB
ButterfieldMillerOesterleStieglerWalshe
No audience
Montréal (Québec)
8 Octo 2020
8h30 – 10h30
BeethovenMarinoMiller
In person Workshop
Outremont (Québec)
15 Sept 2020
14h00
MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Montréal (Québec)
31 Augu 2020
18h30
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
31 Augu 2020
17h45
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
31 Augu 2020
17h00
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
28 Augu 2020
17h30
GarchikMillerOesterleTagaq
In person
Montréal (Québec)
15 Augu 2020
15h25 – 16h15
GarchikMillerOesterleTagaq
In person
Montréal (Québec)
15 Augu 2020
GarchikMillerOesterleTagaq
In person Free admission
Montréal (Québec)
14 Augu 2020
18h30
GarchikMillerSokolovićTagaq
In person
Montréal (Québec)
12 Augu 2020
19h00
GarchikMillerOesterleSokolovićTagaq
In person Free admission
Montréal (Québec)
10 Augu 2020
19h30
Cancelled
BoastMillerPinnockPusterlaSabatVassena
In person
New York City (New York, USA)
3 July 2020
20h00
Cancelled
BachMillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Cesena (Italy)
20 June 2020
22h00
Cancelled
CageMillerSokolović
In person
Snape Bridge (England, UK)
16 June 2020
15h00
Cancelled
BachMillerOesterleSchubert
In person
Aldeburgh (England, UK)
9 June 2020
20h15
MillerOesterleSokolović
Online event Free access
Montréal (Québec)
18 Marc 2020
19h30
Cancelled
GordonMillerShostakovich
In person
Birmingham (England, UK)
12 Marc 2020
19h30
MillerSokolovićTanWolff
In person
Colorado Springs (Colorado, USA)
19 Nove 2019
20h30
MillerPinnockShostakovich
In person
Tilburg (Netherlands)
11 Octo 2019
17h00
MillerOesterleSmithTenney
In person
Guanajuato (Mexico)
5 Octo 2019
20h00
MillerSmithTenneyWolff
In person
Albi (Tarn, France)
12 Marc 2019
20h00
ChadburnCraneMillerNewlandWeeks
In person
London (England, UK)
10 Marc 2019
15h00
BeethovenHaydnMillerNewland
In person
Southampton (England, UK)
10 Dece 2018
20h00
Série QB
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
2 Nove 2018
ApplebaumKagelLewisMiller
In person
Glasgow (Scotland, UK)
18 Octo 2018
MillerTenney
In person
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
21 Sept 2018
20h00
BachBarryDunnMiller
In person
Innsbruck (Austria)
14 Augu 2018
20h00
MillerSmith
In person
New York City (New York, USA)
11 Augu 2018
20h00
MillerOesterleSmithVivier
In person
Jakarta (Indonesia)
16 Marc 2018
19h30
MillerSchumannSokolović
In person
Montréal (Québec)
22 Febr 2018
18h00
ArnoldMillerSmith
In person
Chicago (Illinois, USA)
19 Sept 2017
19h00
HarrisonMiller
In person
Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
18 Sept 2017
20h00
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HarrisonMiller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
9 June 2017
20h00
BachBeethovenHaydnIvesLesageMillerPurcellSchumannSokolovićStravinskyWebern
In person
Montréal (Québec)
13 May 2017
20h00
ButterfieldCheungMillerWalshe
In person
Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
17 Marc 2017
19h00
CheungCrutchleyFreyMiller
In person
Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)
12 Marc 2017
15h00
MillerOesterlePerron
In person
Régina (Saskatchewan, Canada)
19 Marc 2016
20h00
GrovenJamiesonMiller
In person
Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada)
8 May 2015
21h30
CraneMiller
In person
Bologna (Italy)
25 June 2013
21h00
Miller
In person
Harrington (Québec)
19 Apri 2013
20h00
Série QB
AhvenniemiMcKinleyMillerSkempton
In person
Montréal (Québec)
29 July 2012
11h00
CageFeldmanMiller
In person
Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
26 July 2012
18h30
MillerOesterleVivier
In person
Montréal (Québec)
21 Nove 2011
16h10
CormierJamiesonMartinMillerPalacio-Quintin
In person Free admission
Huddersfield (England, UK)
22 Octo 2011
16h00
JanssensMillerOh
In person
Leuven (Belgium)
18 Octo 2011
HirsMillerOesterleVivier
In person
Tilburg (Netherlands)
12 Sept 2011
MillerOesterleVivierXenakis
In person
Montevideo (Uruguay)
21 Apri 2011
20h00
Série QB
BergerBrandesBrassetBrookClarkCodnerCormierEddingtonGirouardHöstmanJamiesonJericLeBelLecroulantLitkeMartinMillerMillerMortonNorrisNovotnyPalacio-QuintinPriestPrimardReicheRoarkRoySablichSchünemannYoung
In person
Montréal (Québec)
13 Marc 2011
14h30
JankeMillerOesterle
In person
Saltspring Island (British Columbia, Canada)
5 Marc 2011
21h00
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
2 May 2009
17h00
Série QB
BrandesBrookJericMillerSablichYoung
In person Residency
Montréal (Québec)