From the moment seventeen-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. In 2020, Charlotte is looking forward to her second year training with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
In recent years, Charlotte has shared the glorious cello repertoire with local and international audiences in solo recitals, at cello festivals, and in concerto performances with orchestras. She has travelled widely for masterclasses, competitions, and ensemble tours to Los Angeles, New York, London and Zurich, and throughout Germany, China, France, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, learning to speak the international language of music with as many accents as possible. 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.
Awarded over 100 competition prizes, Charlotte has performed at Carnegie Hall (New York) and Opera Bastille (Paris) in prize-winner concerts for international competitions. She has won several concerto competitions, and was a prize winner at the 2018 Gisborne (NZ) International Music Competition, and the 2020 “Anna Kull” International Cello Competition in Graz (Austria). In 2019, Charlotte was the 3MBS Young Performer of the Year and winner of the National Young Virtuoso Award.
Together with her cello Sienna, crafted by luthier Yanbing Chen in 2017 and generously on loan from ANAM, Charlotte is beyond excited to see how 2020 will further open her eyes and ears to the spirit of music-making.
Charlotte plays a Yanbing Chen cello generously donated to ANAM by the estate of the late Dr Keith Penny
Photo by Pia Johnson