by the press for their “haunting and picturesque” musical
interpretations, the Miller-Porfiris Duo has been delighting
audiences since 2005.
giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 1992, American violinist
ANTON MILLER has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as
a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue. On the violin
and chamber music faculty at the Hartt School and New York
University, he previously has been on the faculty of the Oberlin
Conservatory, Lawrence University, and Swarthmore College. Anton
completed his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School
studying with renown violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and chamber music
with Felix Galimir and members of the Juilliard Quartet.
He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University
as a student of Franco Gulli.
has been the subject of articles and interviews in media across the
globe, performing in major concert halls and music festivals
worldwide both as chamber musician and as a soloist. She has been on
the faculties of New York University, the University of Houston
Moores’ School of Music, Florida International University, and the
Harlem School for the Arts in New York. In her former 20 year-long
career as an orchestral musician, she worked under some of the most
recognized conductors of the 20-21 Centuries, including Leonard
Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, and
Christoph Eschenbach. Rita received both her BM and MM in Viola
Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer.
She received critical acclaim in the May 2014 issue of Gramophone
Magazine for her transcription of Reinhold Gliere's Eight
Pieces Op. 39, recorded
on the Miller-Porfiris Duo's second CD “Eight Pieces.”
and Rita first met over 20 years ago while studying at the Juilliard
School. Their musical lineage can be traced back to famed pedagogues
and musicians Ivan Galamian. Leopold Auer, Franz Kneisel, Joseph
Joachim, and Josef Bohm, close friend and collaborator of Ludwig van
Beethoven. In keeping with this distinguished pedigree, the duo has
given seminars and masterclasses at festivals and institutions such
as New York University, Duke University, Kutztown University, Foulger
Festival at Kean University, ARIA International Arts Academy at Mt.
Holyoke College, Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival
at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the Festival Eterna Primavera
in Cuernavaca Mexico, Conciertos de la Villa Santo Domingo, Brunel
Jazzbridge London and Point CounterPoint in Vermont. Anton and Rita
are Associate Professors of Violin and Viola respectively at the
Hartt School in Connecticut.
to expanding the repertoire for violin and viola, in 2010 they
commissioned and recorded 3 new works for violin and viola by
Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen, Argentinean composer
Mario Diaz Gavier, and American composer Libby Larsen for their debut
CD “Five Postcards.” Their second CD, titled “Eight Pieces”
and released in 2013, was deemed a “fine new recording” and
praised for its “wonderfully smooth ensemble work” and “vibrant
and focused” playing by Gramophone and Audible Audiophile
Magazines. Their third CD, “Divertimento” is slated for release
in the summer of 2015 and features the music of Martinu, Toch, and
of the past season included sold-out performances of the Mozart
Sinfonia Concertante, Bruch Double Concerto with Lincoln's Symphony
and a performance of the rarely performed Arthur Benjamin Romantic
Fantasy for Violin and Viola with the Concert Artists of Baltimore.
They also enjoyed collaborations with Jamie Laredo, Joseph
Kalichstein, and the Miami String Quartet.
more information about their CDs and schedule of concerts and
masterclasses, visit their website at www.millerporfirisduo.org.