David G. Miller
Collaborative Performance Trainer
Instrumental and Vocal Coach
The collaborative pianist David G. Miller is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading chamber musicians, vocal accompanists and educators. Following his retirement from full-time teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Mr Miller is available for masterclasses, lectures, conferences, interviews, professional performances, instrumental and vocal coaching and Collaborative Performance Training. Please feel free to contact him for further information.
David Miller's distinguished career has included partnerships with many internationally renowned singers and instrumentalists, including Joan Carden, Boris Belkin, Raphael Wallfisch, Marilyn Richardson, Lauris Elms, John Mark Ainsley, Luigi Alva, John Pringle, Elizabeth Campbell, Jane Edwards, Takako Nishisaki, Leonard Sharrow, Meir Rimon, Alain Marion, Igor Osim, Mark Walton, Georg Pedersen, Daniel Stolper, Konradin Groth, Pete Coleman-Wright, Amanda Thane, Tom Edmonds and many others.
David has also performed with many of Australia's foremost chamber ensembles, including the Australia Ensemble, the Canberra Wind Soloists, Ku-ring-gai Virtuosi and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. He was for several years the pianist for the Huntington Piano Trio and worked for a period with the legendary contemporary music ensemble Flederman. He continues to perform regularly with Grevillea and Charisma ensembles.
Touring and Recording
Mr Miller's performing schedule has taken him to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, New Caledonia, Korea, Vanuatu and Vietnam, as well as through most parts of Australia. He has worked for the ABC and Musica Viva Australia and records for ArtWorks, Tall Poppies, Vox Australis and ABC Classics. He has worked on a number of research and recording projects, including:
Flute Australia - a unique anthology of new Australian music for flute and piano with Geoffrey Collins,
The first full recording of Boojum by Peter and Martin Wesley-Smith with Sydney Philharmonia motet choir and associated artists,
An extensive ABC Classics recording and editing contract with soprano Wendy Dixon and baritone John Pringle, performing the songs of the Australian composer Horace Keats,
An ArtWorks CD of Boer War songs with baritone Dr Michael Halliwell from the Vocal and Opera Studies Unit at Sydney Conservatorium of Music,
Another ArtWorks project with Dr Susan Collins which resulted in a comprehensive CD of the violin and piano music of Raymond Hanson,
A CD of Miriam Hyde songs with soprano Wendy Dixon,
A CD of clarinet music by lesser-known English composers researched with Mark Walton, including a CD launch in London,
A recording of music for trumpet with Paul Goodchild, including a new work by Matthew Hindson,
Song cycles of Amy Woodforde-Finden, researched with Dr Michael Halliwell,
In association with the soprano Wendy Dixon, two volumes of "Voice of Australia" which contain a wide-ranging selection of Australian vocal repertoire with accompanying comments for teachers, pianists and singers, concerning the music and its performance.
David Miller was on the staff of Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 1980 to 2021 and in 1995 was appointed the first chair of the Ensemble Studies Unit, with responsibility for Chamber Music and Accompaniment tuition and administration throughout the institution. He introduced an innovative and comprehensive programme of study for students at both graduate and under-graduate levels and actively promoted a wide variety of performance opportunities for student ensembles. Mr Miller’s studio produced many of Australia’s finest young accompanists and he was instrumental in setting up the Geoffrey Parsons Australian Scholarship and other awards to assist young accompanists and repetiteurs in the development of their careers.
Masterclasses, Lectures and Panels
David Miller has conducted masterclasses and lectures for universities, conservatoriums, music organisations and music conferences in many parts of Australia and Asia. He regularly appears at major conferences with groups such as the Music Teachers Association of NSW and was invited to present the 2015 Ian Cooper Memorial Lecture in Mittagong NSW.
Mr Miller has been a guest artist on staff at the Australian National Academy of Music and the coordinator of the Keyboard and Chamber Music program at National Music Camp. He is a member of the Artists’ Advisory Panel for Wirripang - Publishers of Fine Australian Music, has been on the panels for the Mietta's Song Recital Award and the Geoffrey Parsons Award (presented by the Accompanists’ Guild of South Australia), and was for several years an artistic advisor for Musica Viva Australia.
David Miller was the founder and inaugural president of the Accompanists' Guild of NSW and is very active in the promotion of collaborative piano as an independent art form worthy of professional recognition and academic research. He is the patron of the Sydney Art Song Society and the Snowy Monaro Arts Council and is an honorary life member of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW. In the Queen's Birthday 1995 Honours List he was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music.