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.
In 2019, Charlotte is excited to explore the chamber and orchestral repertoire with Margot and fellow ANAM musicians, and cello repertoire and technique with Howard Penny, before embarking on overseas studies as her next musical adventure.
Photo by Pia Johnson