From the moment 18-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 2021, Charlotte is completing her third year of training with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), in addition to her second-year Bachelor of Music (BMus) studies at the University of Melbourne.
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 (including extensive performances with the Australian Youth Orchestra), learning to speak the international language of music with as many accents as possible.
Charlotte has benefitted from masterclasses with cellists including Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt, Maria Kliegel, David Geringas, Johannes Goritski, Wen-Sinn Yang, Li-Wei Qin, David Finckel and Alban Gerhardt. She has given invited performances at the Sanguine Estate Music Festival and the Melbourne Cello Festival, in addition to the prestigious 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, where she performed in a 100-cello ensemble alongside leading cellists such as Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, Brannon Cho, Zlatomir Fung, 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 numerous concerto competitions, and was a major 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. Charlotte has performed on 3MBS, 4MBS, 5MBS and ABC Classic radio stations, and has been featured on The Violin Channel.
In 2021, Charlotte looks forward to reconnecting with the ANAM community and all of her wonderful colleagues at the stunning Abbotsford Convent, surrounded by the spirit of inspiring 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