John Miller

Principal

John Miller

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Double Bass

Principal

First year with SO: 1993

Hometown: Hampton, VA

Instrument: John's main bass is a full size Double Bass made by Joseph Reiger in Mittenald Germany in 1821. His other bass is a modern instrument made by Arnold Schnitzer, it is unique in that it is asymmetrical. It looks like Salvador Dali made a bass.


Education:
Bachelor of Music – James Madison University; Master of Music – Peabody Conservatory

Biography:
As Principal Bass of the Sarasota Orchestra, John enjoys collaborating with a wide range of musician in various genres. He has performed as soloist with orchestras in New York and Florida, and has performed Schubert's Trout Quintet with Andre Watts.  He also regularly performs with a variety of jazz groups and is the leader of the Sarasota Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Miller has made several recordings, including his 2002 debut, "Miller and Ramsier play Ramsier" on Albany records. He was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, where he toured Japan, the UK and Costa Rica.

Passions/Interests:
Outside of music, John enjoys golf, craft beer, and watching football.

Career Highlights:
Some of John's favorite career highlights include, rehearsing Brahms's 4th Symphony with George Solti at Abbey Roads studio in London, playing the "Trout quintet" with Andrea Watts, and releasing a CD on Albany records (Miller and Ramsey Play Ramsier).

Reviews

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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