Mina Miller


Mina Miller studied at the Manhattan School of Music and earned her PhD in Music from New York University. As a pianist, she has performed solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Tivoli International Music Festival (Copenhagen), and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland). Concert engagements have taken her throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, and Scandinavia. 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 has made extensive tours of Denmark. In 1998, her career added a new dimension when she founded Music of Remembrance and began serving as the organization’s president and artistic director. Miller’s bold leadership has made Music of Remembrance the home of “some of Seattle’s best musicians” (Seattle Times), and has drawn national attention by commissioning new works from internationally-renowned composers Ryuichi Sakamoto, Paul Schoenfield, Jake Heggie, Tom Cipullo, Lori Laitman, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and Thomas Pasatieri, among others. She can be heard on the MOR recordings of Laitman’s Vedem (Naxos 2011) and Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch (Naxos 2008) as the pianist in Laitman’s song cycle The Seed of Dream, and Cipullo’s After Life as the pianist in In Sleep The World Is Yours. Recognized as an authority on Holocaust-era music and musicians, Miller has lectured internationally on the precious cultural and artistic legacy that escaped Nazi destruction. 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. In 2018 she was honored by the Washington State Jewish Historical Society as an Agent of Change, one of twenty remarkable women in the state, and was the recipient of the Consul General of Japan Award.