Mina Miller

Mina Miller, Music of Remembrance Artistic Director and concert pianist, was born in New York, NY, and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. She earned her Ph.D. in Music from New York University. She performed solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Tivoli International Music Festival (Copenhagen), and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland); concert engagements took her throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, and Scandinavia. In 1998, her career as a recitalist and concerto soloist metamorphosed when she founded Music of Remembrance and began serving as the organization’s president and artistic director. A central artistic participant—she was the pianist in the world premiere of Paul Schoenfield’s Camp Songs, Thomas Pasatieri’s Letter to Warsaw, and Lori Laitman’s The Seed of Dream—Miller’s bold leadership has made Music of Remembrance the home of “some of Seattle's best musicians” (Seattle Times), drawing national attention by engaging guest artists such as soprano Jane Eaglen, tenor Vinson Cole, and Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz. Recognized for her musical advocacy of Holocaust musicians and of new, Holocaust-related chamber works, Miller has lectured in Seattle and internationally on the Holocaust’s cultural and artistic legacy. She received the Pathfinder Award from The Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa in May 2003. In 2006, the Women’s Endowment Foundation (a supporting foundation of The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle) named her a Phenomenal Woman honoree. As a pianist, Miller enjoys an international reputation for her interpretations of the music of Carl Nielsen. Under the sponsorship of the Danish Government and the Danish Cultural Institute, she made extensive tours of Denmark. A reissue of the original double CD (for Hyperion Records/London) of Nielsen’s complete piano music is available on Danacord, while her CD of Janáček’s major piano works is available on Ambassador. Most recently, she can be heard on the 2008 MOR recording For a Look or a Touch (Naxos) as the pianist in Lori Laitman’s song cycle, The Seed of Dream.

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Recordings

Vedem
 
An "important release," says American Record Guide. "Laitman’s music is smooth as a glove and suits the material to a T. It is warmly and simply romantic in idiom and lets the text do the talking." Every Friday for two years between 1942 and 1944, a group of teenage boy... Read more
Camp Songs & Ghetto Songs
 
American composer and pianist Paul Schoenfield is at the keyboard for two searing, heart-piercing works commissioned by Music of Remembrance. Schoenfield gives voice to the words of two brilliant poets - one a Holocaust survivor, one murdered - and the range of their emotions through rage, bitter... Read more
For a Look or a Touch
 
Young American composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s “brilliant, moving work” (American Record Guide) is based on the true story of two gay teenage lovers the Holocaust tore apart forever. With an elegiac piece for cello and string quartet, In Memoriam, by Gerard... Read more
Brundibár
 
Opera News called MOR’s Brundibár recording on Naxos one of the top ten opera recordings of 2007. In coordination with MOR, Naxos has created a podcast interview with Ela Stein Weissberger, who survived the Terezín concentration camp. She played the role of the Cat in the... Read more
Letter to Warsaw
 
“The combination of Thomas Pasatieri’s romantic, moving score and Jane Eaglen’s brilliant, expressive soprano makes for an unforgettable listening experience. I found the piece extraordinarily moving and Gerard Schwarz’s conducting seemed to bring out so much of the... Read more
Art From Ashes
 
Called a “rewarding musical start” (Gramophone), MOR’s Grammy-nominated first recording includes Robert Dauber’s Serenata, Erwin Schulhoff’s Five Pieces for String Quartet, Herman Berlinski’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, and two MOR commissions: Camp Songs--with... Read more