Inspired by the sounds of her father playing jazz piano as a young girl, Mia started playing the piano aged five and violin aged nine. Throughout her school years, she loved playing music and held scholarships at Narrabundah College and the ANU Open School of Music where she completed both her AMusA on piano, and LMusA on violin.
Mia completed her Bachelor of Music Performance under Associate Professor Alice Waten in 2017. Throughout 2018 she was both an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and an Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Fellow.
Mia plays regularly as a casual musician with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. With the Australian Youth Orchestra she has toured internationally, and collaborated with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra and Momentum Ensemble.
Playing chamber music has been a musical highlight for Mia, and she recently formed a string quartet at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2019 where they performed Ginastera's String Quartet no. 2 in the semi-final of ANAM's Chamber Music Competition. In 2016 and 2017 she was selected to participate in the Sydney Conservatorium's Estivo Chamber Music Summer School in Italy, and has played alongside Eberhard Feltz and members of the London, Haydn, Kuss and Goldner String Quartets.
In 2020, Mia will be in her second year at ANAM training with Zoë Black and Dr Robin Wilson.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Lyndsey Hawkins, Ann Grant, Christine Connors, Elise Callander, Helen Ballantyne & Milton Robinson, Anonymous (1)
Mia plays with an Alfred Lamy violin bow generously on loan to ANAM from Emily Boutard
Photo and video by Pia Johnson