From the moment sixteen-year-old Charlotte Miles placed a violin between her knees at age four, she signalled unambiguously that the cello was her vehicle of choice for communicating with the world. Mentored by Principal Cellist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, David Berlin, she progressed through a series of fractional sized cellos while her technique and fingers grew. When Charlotte met ‘Margot’ (crafted by Sydney luthier Harry Vatiliotis, 1983) her musical intentions finally found their voice.
In recent years, Charlotte (and Margot) have been invited to share the glorious cello repertoire with local and international audiences: in solo recitals, at cello festivals, and in concerto performances with orchestras. They have travelled widely for masterclasses, competitions, and ensemble tours to Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Zurich, and throughout Germany, Australia and New Zealand, learning to speak the international language of music with as many accents as possible.
Awarded over 100 competition prizes, Charlotte has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Opera Bastille in Paris in prize-winner concerts for international competitions. She has won several concerto competitions, and was a major prize winner at the 2018 Gisborne (NZ) International Music Competition.
In 2016, she was invited to the prestigious Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles to perform in a 100-cello ensemble alongside leading cellists including Li-Wei Qin, Truls Mørk, Sol Gabetta and Giovanni Sollima.
Keen to commence full-time music training, Charlotte accelerated through high school, graduating in 2018, after achieving a perfect score for VCE Music Performance in 2017. After Charlotte's commencement at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2019, her new teacher Howard Penny introduced her to a fine cello, which she has named 'Sienna' (crafted by Chinese luthier Yanbing Chen, 2017), generously on loan from the ANAM collection. Charlotte is thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the wonderful cello repertoire with Sienna and Howard, as well as the chamber and orchestral repertoire with fellow ANAM musicians.
IN CHARLOTTE'S WORDS
“I am pescatarian and love doing calligraphy in my spare time! Outside my spare time, of course, I am either performing or practicing. I will never forget performing as part of the 100-cello ensemble atf the Piatigorsky international cello festival in 2016 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, alongside Mischa Maisky, Li-Wei Qin, Giovanni Sollima and numerous other big-name cellists from across the globe. Our Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras brought the house down!”
Photo by Pia Johnson