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Meet Tania Miller, the VSO’s Third Music Director Candidate

The VSO welcomes its third Music Director candidate, conductor Tania Miller, to the Flynn for an evening of exemplary music-making on March 26 (Buy tickets here).

The concert opens with Sri Lankan-born composer Dinuk Wijeratne, described as “exuberantly creative” by the New York Times, and his explosive work titled Yatra (“pilgrimage”). Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1, composed early in his career, completes the first half of the concert and is testament to Finland’s undisputed musical voice and poet.

After intermission, we are joined by acclaimed UK pianist Stephen Hough for his first ever performance with the VSO in with one of the most technically challenging compositions of the pianistic repertoire: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Get to know Maetra Miller in this short video interview, then join us on March 23 at 4:00 p.m. for a live Zoom interview with her as well as our concert at the Flynn on March 26.

More About Tania Miller

Canadian Conductor Tania Miller has distinguished herself as a dynamic interpreter, musician and innovator. On the podium, Miller projects authority, dynamism and sheer love of the experience of making music. As one critic put it, she delivers calm intensity . . . expressive, colourful and full of life . . . her experience and charisma are audible.”

Miller has appeared as a guest conductor in Canada, the United States and Europe with such orchestras as the Bern Symphony Orchestra, NFM Wroclåw Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestra Métropolitain de Montreal, Vancouver Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Madison Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, New West Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and numerous others.

Miller was Music Director of Canada’s Victoria Symphony for 14 years and gained national acclaim for her commitment to the orchestra and community during that time. She has a deep commitment to contemporary repertoire and composers and has gained a national reputation as a highly effective advocate and communicator for the arts. An avid writer about music and the arts, her writing has been featured in the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Symphony Magazine, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, and Better Humans.

Miller received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Royal Roads University, an Honorary Fellowship Diploma from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music and a Doctorate and Masters degree in conducting from the University of Michigan.