Mina Miller, piano, is also Music of Remembrance’s founder and Artistic Director. Born in New York, NY, she studied at The Manhattan School of Music, earning her Ph.D. in Music from New York University. She has performed solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Tivoli International Music Festival (Copenhagen), and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland); concert engagements took her throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, and Scandinavia. In 1998, her career as a recitalist and concerto soloist metamorphosed when she founded MOR and began serving as the organization’s president and artistic director. A central artistic participant—she was the pianist in the world première of Paul Schoenfield’s Camp Songs, Thomas Pasatieri’s Letter to Warsaw, and Lori Laitman’s The Seed of Dream.
Recognized for her musical advocacy of Holocaust musicians and of new, Holocaust-related chamber works, Miller has lectured in Seattle and internationally on the Holocaust’s cultural and artistic legacy. She received the Pathfinder Award from The Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa in May 2003. In 2006, the Women’s Endowment Foundation (a supporting foundation of The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle) honored her with the 2006 Phenomenal Woman Award. As a pianist, Miller enjoys an international reputation for her interpretations of the music of Carl Nielsen. A reissue of the original double CD (for Hyperion Records) of Nielsen’s complete piano music is available on Danacord, while her CD of Janáček’s major piano works is available on Ambassador.