Curt Miller

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  • Boston , Massachusetts , US



  • I’m a Boston based clarinetist and sound artist specializing in the performance of contemporary chamber music and the creation of new performance and installation works with a current focus on the role of recording technology on musical transcription and translation. As a clarinetist it has been my privilege to work internationally as soloist and ensemble member with ensembles such as Nashville’s Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, the Harvard Fromm Players series and the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez as well as extensive work with my own chamber ensembles: ensemble et cetera and the Dunscombe/Miller Duo, hailed by the Boston Globe as “demonstrating impeccable technique and copious imagination.” I have premiered dozens of new compositions and worked in depth with composers such as Pierluigi Billone, Chaya Czernowin, Helmut Lachenmann and Rebecca Saunders in addition to championing the work of many young composers through commissions and premieres.

    In addition to my work as a clarinetist I have actively pursued a side interest in live computer music and sound installation with a focus on the role of the computer in transcription and examining a myriad of repertoire through its transcriptive lens. I have often worked as a collaborator with visual artist Nichole Speciale on installations which reference and extend drawing and painting through sound and video. In this capacity I currently work for digital media Professor Amy Alexander as a staff researcher helping develop her Percussive Image Gestural System–a digital instrument for improvising live visuals with improvising musicians. In addition to assisting with software development I improvise using my own system combining clarinet improvisation with live processing of recorded source material.

    I received my BM in clarinet performance as a student of Richard Hawkins at Oberlin Conservatory and an MA and DMA in contemporary music performance at the University of California San Diego under Anthony Burr. In addition to my performing schedule I teach clarinet privately and as a faculty member at the Villa Musica Community Music School. For more information about my teaching practice visit



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