2018 MusiciansKyla Matsuura-Miller

Emerging young violinist Kyla Matsuura-Miller has enjoyed building a profile as an exciting and versatile addition to all facets of classical music making in Australia.

Kyla studied with Phillip Taylor and then Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium. At the Conservatorium, she was an advanced performance student and was concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra on many occasions. Kyla was also the recipient of the Matilda Jane Aplin and Vada Jeffries Bach prizes during this time.

Kyla largely attributes her desire to become a professional musician to her association with the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras. Through AYO, Kyla was recipient of the prestigious Richard Pollett Memorial Award in 2017.

In 2015, Kyla moved to Melbourne to study with Dr. Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Solo and chamber highlights of her time at ANAM have included playing in masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov, Anthony Marwood, Richard Tognetti and Isabelle Van Keulen. She has also thoroughly enjoyed chamber music collaborations as first violin of the Edesia quartet who won audience choice at ANAM’s annual chamber music competition.

Kyla has formed an ongoing relationship with the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2017 when she was an Emerging Artist.  She was the 2016 recipient of the Audience Choice and Best Sonata prizes at the Kendall National Violin Competition and grand prize winner of MRC Great Romantics Competition in 2017. Recent solo engagements include Lou Harrisson’s Violin Concerto for solo violin and four untuned percussionists and Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed in Brisbane which received critical acclaim.

Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Elaine Canty AM, Mark Debeljak and Daniel Lehrer, Jan Grant, Ashton Kable and John Howell, Barry and Joan Miskin, Rob Piaggio, Robert Whitehead, Jan Williams, Anonymous (1)

Image by Pia Johnson

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