Acclaimed and increasingly in demand. Rebecca Miller, a guest conductor candidate, is set to lead the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rabobank Theater located at 1001 Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield. Orchestral works to be featured include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. The evening will include a choral performance by Bakersfield Master Chorale.
First prize winner in the Fourth Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, Miller is currently music director of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society and Orchestra and director of orchestras at the Royal Holloway University of London.
Miller is acclaimed by press and audiences alike. “The performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 was the best of the lot,” reported Steve Crowther with the York Press (UK). “For example, the pacing of the first movement was near perfection, so intelligent and dramatically fulfilling. This is a superb orchestra with an exceptional director, Rebecca Miller.”
Her music making and command of varied composers and styles, coupled with her ability to communicate with audiences of all ages, have resulted in her increasing demand as a guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad.
Miller’s 2014 guest engagements included debuts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In March 2014 she made her Royal Festival Hall debut in a world premiere of Neil Hannon’s new work for organ, choir and orchestra, “To our Fathers, in Distress,” with the BBC Concert Orchestra and VoiceLab. In July 2014 she made her debuts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Ryedale Festival and at the BBC Proms.
Miller has guest conducted throughout Mexico including several performances with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in the Palacio Bellas Artes and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Aguascalientes. She also has appeared with the Santa Cruz Symphony in California and is one of the few regular guest conductors of the Southbank Sinfonia in London. In 2012, she made her debut with the Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. It is Venezuela’s premier youth orchestra and younger sibling of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.
She has served as resident conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, where she was artistic director of her own series, “Casual Classics.” She was also a conducting fellow of The Houston Symphony, leading more than 70 concerts in two years, including her debut of the symphony’s classical subscription series, sharing the podium with Hans Graf.
Miller has multiple recordings coming out this year including a recently released CD with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has released two commercial CDs. Her 2011 work for Signum Records features the world premiere recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’ dramatic work, “Goblin Market.” The recording was critically acclaimed by Gramophone Magazine and Fanfare Magazine. It received several awards including an IRR Outstanding Recording by International Record Review and was chosen as one of Musicweb International’s Recordings of the Year for 2011.
The conductor’s TV credits include being a guest on BBC Two’s “Proms Extra” and conducting the Southbank Sinfonia on Channel 4’s “Don’t Stop the Music.” She has appeared on TV and radio throughout the United States, Mexico and Israel.
In 1999, Miller founded London-based The New Professionals Orchestra, an orchestra comprised of some of London’s foremost classical musicians. As artistic director, she led The New Professionals in guest performances at London’s South Bank Centre, the BAC Battersea Opera Festival and at various music societies and festivals around the U.K. The orchestra’s debut CD, “Lou Harrison: For Strings,” was released by Mode Records in 2004. It featured the world premiere recording of Harrison’s Pipa Concerto played by Wu Man, and the first complete recording on CD of Harrison’s “Suite for Symphonic Strings.” The recording was featured on the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s film “Shutter Island.”
Born in California, Miller completed her studies in piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She studied conducting at Northwestern University and at the Aspen Music Festival and was the Paul Woodhouse Junior Fellow in Conducting for two years at London’s Royal College of Music.
Tickets from $20. To purchase tickets, log onto Ticketmaster.com or call (661) 323-7928. For additional information on Miller, log onto www.rebeccamiller.net