B i o g r a p h y
American bassoonist Laura Miller enjoys performing, traveling, and sharing her love of music through teaching. She has performed around the world as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Before moving to Europe in 2015, Laura traveled throughout North America to present concerts and classes with the contemporary award-winning woodwind quintet, The City of Tomorrow. She also performed as principal bassoonist in several Texas symphony orchestras, including the San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, and Corpus Christi Symphony. In 2011 Laura helped found an early music ensemble in central Texas, known now as the Austin Baroque Orchestra, which performs solely on historical instrument replicas. From 2008 until departing for Europe, Laura maintained an active bassoon studio comprised of around 20 young bassoonists.
Laura was a featured "Emerging Artist" at the 2012 Victoria Bach Festival, and finalist in the 2012 Gillet-Fox and 2010 Meg-Quigley Vivaldi Competitions. She soloed with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, after winning the 2011 Asian Double Reed Association Competition held near Bangkok. In 2014 Laura was the only American bassoonist to qualify for the 2nd Antonov International Competition for Woodwind Performers—which was to be held February 2014 in Kiev but cancelled due to political unrest.
Laura studied with and served as Teaching Assistant to Kristin Wolfe Jensen at the University of Texas, and studied with Michael Ellert while attending Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Florida. From 2015-17 she studied historical bassoons at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München under Katrin Lazar and Lyndon Watts. Although she was accepted into Juilliard's historical performance practice in New York Fall 2017, she moved back to Italy to be with her husband and continue her career in Europe. She has performed professionally with Munich-based ensembles Concerto München, Accademia di Monaco, Munich Baroque, Concerto de Bassus, the Prague-based orchestra Barockorchester Collegium Marianum, as well as in Austria with Paluselli Consort Stams and Kontra.Punkt Barockorchester, and in Italy with Ensemble Conductus, Accademia del Santo Spirito, and Ensemble Cordia.
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In July 2012 Laura joined the award-winning woodwind quintet, the City of Tomorrow, an entirely self-manged ensemble. During her three years with the all-star ensemble, they toured throughout the USA and Canada. Her first season included performances in 17 cities in nine states and their Canadian debut. The group can be seen performing in a range of venues, from churches and university concert halls, to art galleries, bars and even rock venues. Over the years the quintet appeared on several live radio broadcasts, as well as on The Late Now Talk Show, and at the Mayo Clinic where their performance aired on televisions throughout the hospital. In May 2015 the quintet released their first CD, titled Nature, on the RAVELLO label. With a heavy heart, Laura resigned from the quintet in order to pursue historical bassoon studies in Europe.