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"Tania Miller delivered a blockbuster program . . . showcased an energy and conducting style that was focused, delivering a calm intensity . . . expressive, colorful and full of life . . . her confidence and musicality were appreciated by the orchestra and they responded with a huge and glittering sound. . . Miller's experience and charisma are audible."

Jeffrey Johnson
Hartford Courant


"Tania Miller's reading of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony was altogether extraordinary: a technically immaculate, vivid and stirring performance, in which Miller italicized every nuance in this luxuriant score, to gorgeous effect."

Kevin Bazzana
Times Colonist





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Bio

In 2015-2016 Tania Miller celebrates her thirteenth season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in a position that she has occupied with great distinction and growing acclaim. As the first Canadian woman to be Music Director of a major Canadian symphony orchestra, Tania Miller and the Victoria Symphony will celebrate the orchestra's 75th anniversary in 15-16 by touring Canada with performances in Vancouver, Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto.

On the podium, Maestra Miller projects authority, dynamism and sheer love of the experience of making music. As one critic put it, she delivers "a calm intensity . . . expressive, colourful and full of life . . . her experience and charisma are audible" Others call her performances "technically immaculate, vivid and stirring". She has been a driving force behind new growth, innovation and quality for the Victoria Symphony, and has gained a national reputation as a highly effective advocate and communicator for the arts. As curator, she has distinguished herself in Canada as a visionary leader and innovator.

Tania Miller has appeared as a guest conductor in Canada, the United States and Europe with such orchestras as the Toronto Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Bern Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland), Oregon Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Vancouver Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, and Wroclaw Philharmonic (Poland).

Maestra Miller's early passion was opera; she conducted numerous productions for Michigan Opera Works in Ann Arbor (where she served as Artistic Director) and Opera McGill in Montréal. She obtained her doctoral and master's degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan. Recently Maestra Miller received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria in recognition of her exemplary work as a leader and for her extraordinary artistic achievements in the community.

Tania lives in Vancouver with her husband and two boys (8 and 10).






CONTACT

Hugh Kaylor
Kaylor Management Inc
130 West 57th Street, Suite 6A
New York, New York 10019

Phone: 212 977 6779


Tania Miller

tania@taniamiller.com
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Sibelius Symphony No. 7 - Highlight

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Stravinsky Symphony In Three Movements - Highlight
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Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements
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Sibelius Symphony No. 4

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Debussy Nocturnes

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Community Leader


"The Maestra's drive, passion and vision make Victoria a new frontier in classical music."
Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail, December 27, 2012

"Her instincts are remarkable."
Dr. Masha Hanen, former Board chair

For the past decade, Tania Miller has been a dynamic leading figure in the cultural and civic life of Victoria, BC and the 350-thousand-person Capital Regional District of which it is a part.

Victoria Symphony Splash is one of the most popular and distinctive community engagement events organized by any symphony orchestra on the planet. Every August, an astounding forty thousand people gather to hear the orchestra play outdoors on a barge in the city?s Inner Harbour. Maestra Miller and her two young sons step from a horse-drawn carriage on the causeway in front of the iconic Empress Hotel to the applause of fans, as a bagpiper leads her across the gangplank to the podium.

While Splash is a unique permanent symbol of the close relationship between Tania Miller, the orchestra and the city, it is only one example. Another initiative of Tania Miller has been deep collaboration and connection to youth. One memorable day, more than a thousand music students gathered in a local hockey arena, interspersed among the adult professionals who make up the ranks of the Victoria Symphony. Up in the stands, their friends and colleagues cheered wildly as the collective ensemble, under Tania Miller's baton, performed "The Rink Cycle": a concert program ranging from the Ode to Joy to the Hockey Night in Canada theme.

Every year, Tania Miller prepares and presents education concerts for seven thousand local kids. Every summer, she brings the orchestra to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Not a year passes without some new festival envisioned by Tania - with the Victoria Symphony at its centre, but reaching out to involve a wide range of community institutions and organizations.

Almost every week, it seems, she is speaking passionately about, and winning new friends for, classical music and the Victoria Symphony at some public event or other. Tania Miller is nothing less than the city's musical ambassador.



Music Innovator


"Tania Miller has commissioned DJs, rap artists, Japanese percussionists and First Nations singers to perform with the Victoria Symphony. Her impresario's approach draws freely from the world around her."
John Keillor, Ottawa Citizen, October 8, 2008

"She has pressed hard for Canadian contemporary repertoire and reached out with collaborative initiatives."
Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail, December 27, 2012

Tania Miller has a deep belief in expanding the repertoire. During her first decade with the Victoria Symphony, the orchestra presented over fifty world or Canadian premieres, of which 37 were commissioned by the VS, either alone or in collaboration with other partners.

Maestra Miller naturally has an especially strong commitment to Canadian music, and has built close working relationships with four successive composers-in-residence at the Victoria Symphony: Rodney Sharman, Anna Hostman, Tobin Stokes and Michael Oesterle. She hosts annual workshops and programs to encourage and showcase young composers. At the same time, she has mounted festivals devoted to the music of such major Canadian and international figures as R. Murray Schafer, Gavin Bryars, John Cage, and György Ligeti.

For the Victoria Symphony, Tania created the New Currents Festival of Contemporary Music and the Odyssey series of contemporary collaborative arts and genres. Elsewhere, she has worked closely with such contemporary music ensembles as Toronto's Ergo; where she premiered several new works in Toronto, New York and Munich. Earlier in her career, she was deeply involved in new music at the Banff Festival of the Arts.

Tania Miller also believes in helping audiences hear more familiar music in new ways and settings. One way she does this is through special thematic "Explorations" programs and series that place the music in its broader human context. Examples include programming focused on West Coast artist Emily Carr and the First Nations of the Pacific Rim, on the Sea, or music of the Silk Road, Taiko Japanese, and others.

Recently, the Victoria Symphony, under Maestra Miller's inspirational leadership, took the lead in bringing together several of the city's major cultural institutions for a two-month long Chinatown Festival. (Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and the second oldest in North America.) The festival climaxed with the world premiere of "Harmonious Interest," a unique and engaging symphonic theatre piece commissioned by the VS from award-winning Chinese-Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin.