David Alan Miller
Conductor/Music Director, Albany Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Frequently in demand as a guest conductor, Miller has worked with most of America’s major orchestras, developing especially close relationships with the Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, as well as the New World Symphony and the New York City Ballet. Mr. Miller is also founder and Artistic Director of “New Paths in Music,” a festival in New York City dedicated to presenting the works of significant non-American composers who are not yet well known in the United States.
As Music Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1992, Mr. Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. Further recognizing the accomplishments of Mr. Miller and the Albany Symphony, Carnegie Hall has recently invited them to perform in their inaugural Spring for Music festival. Other accolades include Columbia University’s 2003 Ditson Conductor’s Award, the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to American music, the 2001 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming and, in 1999, ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming. Mr. Miller recently won this award for a second time.
Recent and upcoming appearances include the Detroit Symphony, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, and appearances with the Florida Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony. Other recent engagements include the Baltimore, Eugene, Houston, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Nashville symphony orchestras, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and his fifth visit to the Estoril Festival, Portugal’s leading arts festival. In Australia, he has appeared with the Melbourne Symphony and led performances of John Adams’ “El Niño” at the Sydney Opera House.
Internationally, Mr. Miller made his debut with the RAI Orchestra in Turin, Italy, in the 1999-2000 season. He has also conducted major European orchestras in Berlin, Barcelona, Prague, Dresden, Hanover, Halle and Mainz. He has appeared with the Adelaide Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Singapore Symphony; led the Australian Youth Orchestra on its European tour; and conducted the Asian Youth Orchestra on a major tour of the Far East that included concerts in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. In Canada, he has conducted the National Arts Center Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony.
Mr. Miller is highly regarded as a champion and interpreter of American music, new and old. His extensive discography includes recordings of the works of Todd Levin with the London Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon, as well as music by Michael Daugherty, Kamran Ince, and Michael Torke for London/Decca. His recordings with the Albany Symphony include discs of music by John Harbison, Roy Harris, Morton Gould, Don Gillis, George Lloyd, Peter Mennin, and Vincent Persichetti, all on the Albany Records label. He also led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in its recording of Mel Powell’s music, including “Duplicates: Concerto for Two Pianos,” winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Mr. Miller’s most recent CD release is the world premiere recording of Michael Torke’s opera, “Strawberry Fields”, on the Ecstatic Records label. He recently completed a disc of major works by George Tsontakis with the Albany Symphony Orchestra for Koch.
Prior to his appointment in Albany, Mr. Miller was Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During his five-year tenure there, he conducted subscription concerts, special programs at the Hollywood Bowl, and Symphonies for Youth concerts, and he led the orchestra in premieres of numerous works. From 1982 to 1988, he was Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, earning considerable acclaim for his work with that ensemble. A native of Los Angeles, David Alan Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School. Mr. Miller lives with his wife and three children near Albany, New York.