Alexander Elliott Miller

Alexander Elliott Miller


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Alexander Elliott Miller (b. 1982, Boston, MA) is a musician and educator based in Southern California whose music has been described as "wild…unearthly…lyrical…a voice worth listening to" (San Francisco Classical Voice) and "deceptively laid back…inventive….unconventional" (LA Times’ Mark Swed). Active as a composer and electric guitarist, he has collaborated with and been commissioned by Grammy-nominated musicians including pianists Vicki Ray and Aron Kallay, and soprano Tony Arnold. His compositions have been performed by adventurous new music groups including HOCKET, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Earplay New Chamber Music, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Sound of Late, TEMPO New Music Ensemble, Definiens Ensemble, Quintet Attacca, and the What’s Next? Ensemble, a group of which he was Co-Director.

In 2017, pianist Vincent Craig performed one of his compositions at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. His music has also been played at London’s Mile End Art Pavilion, the Aspen and Carlsbad Music Festivals, and at many new music concert series, including San Francisco’s Center for New Music and several Los Angeles based series including Tuesdays at Monk Space, the Hear Now Festival, Synchromy New Music and People Inside Electronics. He has received honors including the Earplay Donald Aird Composers Award and a MacDowell Fellowship.

With backgrounds in rock, classical and jazz guitar, Miller has performed extensively as a solo guitarist, and as a member of the What’s Next? Ensemble. He has been a frequent performer of his own compositions for guitar, especially his classical guitar solo, Flatiron, and a new large suite, TO….OBLIVION: Historic Landmarks Around Los Angeles, a work for electric guitar, electronics and video that examines the constantly changing landscape of Los Angeles. He has performed as a guest guitarist with the Long Beach Opera, CSULB Chamber Choir, the Color Field Ensemble, and appeared as a lead guitarist for singer Mikey Ferrari at Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go.

Miller is faculty at California State University Long Beach, where he teaches music theory, composition and musicianship at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. During the Spring of 2017 at CSULB, he served as the Interim Graduate Advisor. He also works at Chapman University, teaching Sight Reading for Vocal Majors and Fundamentals, and in the Spring of 2016, initiated and developed a new Composition and Songwriting course for non-music majors.

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.

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