Miriam is a dynamic and versatile cellist currently performing in a variety of Classical and Contemporary ensembles.
Photo Credit: Julian Dyson
In 2013 Miriam completed a Masters in Music Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. At Trinity Laban Miriam was awarded the Ludwig Lebell Scholarship and Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship Scholarship. Since 2012 Miriam has studied cello with international cellist and conductor, Richard Markson. During her studies at Trinity Laban in 2011-2012 Miriam studied cello with Russian cellist Natalia Pavlutskaya and performed in masterclasses to Leonid Gorokhov and David Finckel.After gaining a scholarship to The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2006, Miriam studied Cello with one of the U.K.’s foremost cellists, Richard May, graduating in 2010 with a BMus (Hons).
Miriam is currently working in London as a free-lance cellist and teacher. As a session player Miriam has recorded on albums for a wide variety of artists, gaining airplay on BBC radio 2, BBC 6 music and BBC London. Miriam has recorded sessions for SonyRecords and Universal Studios Germany, having performed with the likes of Nitin Sawhney, The Cure’s Roger O’Donnell, Paper Aeroplanes and recorded for Nick Howard among others. Projects in 2015 have involved collaborative work with Amy Winehouse´s former MD, Femi Temowo and this summer Miriam will premiere two of Roger O´Donnell´s works for string quartet with Quartet Volute, and a piece for four cellos and piano. Miriam will also perform two sets with an exciting new artist at Glastonbury Festival 2015.
Miriam is in high demand as a chamber musician and she currently works regularly with Bedriska Trio and Quartet Volute, of which she is a founding member of both. Since 2011 Bedriska Trio have been awarded 1st Prize in the Cavatina Chamber music competition. The Tony Dale Legacy Bursary, and The John Thompson Prize for Chamber Music. In 2012 Bedriska Trio completed a tour of Spain performing recitals in Madrid, Badajoz and Plasencia. Thanks to The Piano Trio Society, Bedriska Trio began working with composer Chris Brammeld in 2014 on his recently composed Piano Trio Op. 6. 2015 has seen the release this recording.
In 2014 Miriam co founded Quartet Volute which has since gained work around London and further a field in a diverse range of venues and musical styles. Quartet Volute gave their first recital in August 2014 to a full house at St James Piccadilly, London. This year Quartet Volute have recorded on The Wildflowers debut album, Ali Warren´s forthcoming album, and Chris Brammeld´s children´s ballet ´Thumbelina.´
In May 2012 Miriam won 1st Prize with pianist Panaretos Kyriatzidis in the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Duo Competition for Stings and Piano with their performance of Grieg´s Sonata. Also in 2012 Miriam performed alongside cellist Alexander Ivashkin in a cello quartet and premiered Gabriel Prokofiev´s pieces for 9 cellos at The Royal Festival Hall for the Prokofiev Festival.
Last Year (2014) Miriam premiered Amoret Abis´s Piece for Solo Cello and Orchestra ´When.´ Which was premiered for Women´s Day with CoMa Contemporary Ensemble in London. 2014 also saw Miriam form a duo with concert pianist Christopher Guild, performing recitals around London and Edinburgh. During 2015 Christopher will collaborate with Quartet Volute to perform Schostakovich´s Piano Quintet Op 57.
Miriam is passionate about education work, and this year she was appointed as the String Leader for Animate Orchestra East and West on two of their courses by The London Philharmonic Orchestra. Miriam recently worked for ShareMusic Southwest on a creative music course in Devon, and is taking part on Spitafields Trainee Music leaders Scheme for their project in June 2015.
Miriam currently works for the Tri-Borough Music Hub, assisting two youth orchestras and teaching Cello to students at schools in South Kensington and Ladbroke Grove.
Miriam is extremely grateful for the funding she was awarded from EMI Sound Foundation and Making Music to buy the bow she now plays with, made by Tim Baker in 2014.