Alexander Elliott Miller
Alexander Elliott Miller is a composer, guitarist and teacher whose music has been described as
wild… unearthly…lyrical…a voice worth listening to (San Francisco Classical Voice) and
inventive…unconventional (LA Times’ Mark Swed). His compositions have been performed and commissioned by Grammy-nominated musicians including Tony Arnold, Vicki Ray, Aron Kallay and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet among many others, and received honors including the 2012 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Award and a MacDowell Fellowship.
Additionally, Miller is a Co-Director and guitarist of the What’s Next? Ensemble, an LA-based new music collective formed in 2008 that he manages with his colleagues Ben Phelps, Jack Stulz and Vimbayi Kaziboni. The group has been called a
superb ensemble and
overwhelming (Opera West) and one that plays with
panache and is
ready for any main stage keen enough to know what’s what (LA Times). In addition to presenting its own critically acclaimed concerts, What’s Next? has collaborated with the Long Beach Opera, Carlsbad Music Festival, Dutch composer Jacob TV, served as the Ensemble in Residence at UC-Riverside and, since 2009, produced the Los Angeles Composers Project, an annual concert series that has featured performances of new music by over 50 California based artists.
With backgrounds in rock, classical and jazz guitar, Miller has performed extensively both as an electric guitarist for the What’s Next? Ensemble and as a frequent performer of his own compositions for solo classical guitar, especially his work Flatiron. In addition, he has performed as a guest guitarist with the Long Beach Opera and the Color Field Ensemble.
He currently teaches composition and music theory at California State University, Long Beach and Chapman University. He previously served on the faculties of Illinois State University, the University of Southern California, West Chester University of Pennsylvania and California Lutheran University, and has worked with high school students, leading after-school music education programs in Los Angeles.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music in Composition from the Eastman School of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Composition & Guitar Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with additional studies in Max/MSP at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music & Audio Technology (CNMAT).
His works are published by HoneyRock Percussion Performance Literature (Pennsylvania) and VP Music Media (Italy).
For more information, please visit www.alexanderemiller.com.