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.