Kyla Matsuura-Miller’s first memory of violin as a six year old is of her smashing it on the cold hard ground one evening in Brisbane. Whoops! Her parents forgave her – after all; she was from a very musical family, her Japanese mum an accomplished pianist and her Australian dad a vinyl playing virtuoso.
Kyla studied with Phillip Taylor and then Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium. At the Con, 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 prize 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 Richard Pollett Memorial Award in 2017.
In 2015, Kyla moved down 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, Noah Bendix Balgley and the Tinalley quartet. She was the 2016 recipient of the Audience Choice and Best Sonata prizes at the Kendall National Violin Competition. She also performed as a soloist in Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed in Brisbane to critical acclaim.
In 2017 Kyla is looking forward to touring with the ACO Collective as an Emerging Artist and continuing to make music with her colleagues at ANAM. When Kyla isn’t glued to the fiddle, she is eating, powerlifting or asking if she can pat your dog, especially if it is a Staffordshire bull terrier.
"...the one who really, understandably, stole the show was soloist Kyla Katsuura-Miller. She played with a grace and charisma that made her violin weep emotions that were profound and mysterious. Her movements were fluid and pitch, strong. Everything about her performance was gorgeous and really demonstrated what potential she has as a performer." – The Creative Issue (2016). Click here to read the full article
Student Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Elaine Canty AM and Roy Masters 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)
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