Brian Miller Biography

 

A native of Pennsylvania, Brian Miller began his studies with flutist Jerry Stone of Lewistown,

Pa.   While still in his teens, Miller was mentored by the late, great oboist Robert Bloom of the

Philadelphia and NBC Symphony Orchestras.  Upon hearing Miller play with a student chamber

music group in Philadelphia, Bloom set out to introduce him to two of the twentieth century's

greatest and most beloved Western classical flutists - Julius Baker and Thomas Nyfenger.  

Both men would become influential teachers and role models during his conservatory years,

and mentors throughout the early years of his career.  

 

A versatile and in demand performer and recording artist in New York City on both traditional

and world flutes, Miller has appeared frequently with a wide variety of New York's top symphonic

ensembles including the Opera Orchestra of New York, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Orchestra of St.

Lukes, Riverside Symphony, The New York Pops, Eos, Westchester Philharmonic, San Francisco

Ballet Orchestra (on tour), American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva, and many others.  

Prior to settling in New York, Miller held a full stipend position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

- training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which qualified him as a substitute musician

with the CSO during their 1986-87 concert season.  He also held the position of Principal Flutist with the Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa, in Lisbon, Portugal (1989 / 1990) and was a featured player with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in 1991 - winning with the orchestra the ONDA prize for Best Classical Recording that year.  Other honors have included performances at the BAM, Merce Cunningham Studio, Caramoor, Juilliard "Focus", Round Top Texas, Norfolk Chamber Music, Washington Square, Fringe, and Cooper Union Arts 01 festivals.

 

Miller's playing has been highlighted on many major film scores, most notably playing principal flute and featured piccolo solos on "The Informant" 2009.   Starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh, "The Informant" was the last full feature length film score composed by the late Marvin Hamlisch.  Other notable films include "The Producers" movie (2005), and Disney's "Mulan" (1998).  His long list of television credits includes multiple appearances on the Rosie O'Donnel Show, The Late Show With David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, HBO's "Strip Search", "Tony Kaye's Documentary", and a series of films for the Hallmark Hall of Fame channel.  Most recently his playing could be heard each week on the NBC musical drama series "Smash" for two seasons - 2012 and 2013. He has recorded a wide variety of other musical projects on the Nonesuch, RCA Red Seal, SONY BMG, P.S. Classics, Matador, and Movie Play labels and can be heard on countless T.V. and radio jingles.  

 

Miller has been the contracted player for eleven Broadway and two Off-Broadway shows in New York to date; the most recent being the new 50th Anniversary Production of "Fiddler on the Roof" which played at the Broadway Theatre on West 53rd Street, from Dec. 2015 to Jan. 2017.  

He has also recorded many Broadway Cast Albums including:  "Candide" (1997 Hal Prince revival), "Ragtime" (1998), "A Man of No Importance" (2002), "Nine" (2003 revival), "Pacific Overtures" (2004 revival), "Fiddler on the Roof" (2004 revival) and world premier recordings of "Fine and Dandy" by Kay Swift and the long-lost George Gershwin musical "Sweet Little Devil".  His playing has been featured on solo albums by artists such as  Jason Robert Brown, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danielley, Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gunn (with Christine Chenoweth), Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Andrea Burns, Georgia Stitt, Phillip Chaffin, Anne Runolfsson, Darious de Hauss, Maury Yeston, and Sam Davis.  He has appeared in concert with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Betty Buckley, Jessye Norman, Patti LuPone, Clay Aiken, Ertha Kitt, Harolyn Blackwell, and Michael Ceveris.  

 

Miller has also recorded for the pop group "Antony and the Johnsons", collaborated with the Brooklyn based DJ Kiva and most recently contributed electronic music effects and flute sounds for the Chicago based band "Alla" for their forthcoming second album "Feed the Dragon".

 

Miller holds degrees in Music Performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the Northwestern University Graduate School of Music, and the Juilliard School; and has done post-graduate work in music performance and electronic music composition and production at Yale, Wesleyan, and the Oberlin Conservatory.