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Miriam Davis is a British concert violinist who has performed throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. 2023 sees the upcoming release of her debut album, “Ode to Lost Time”, for Convivium Records, featuring a selection of music associated with the French novelist, Marcel Proust. This year Miriam will also appear as a soloist with orchestras throughout Estonia and United Kingdom, as well as solo and chamber recitals in United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, China, and Carnegie Hall, New York.
Lately she has been featured by Classic FM and won 1st Prize in the Agimus Padova International Competition 2021. Her prize includes a CD recording, to be announced later this year, which will include Strauss Violin Sonata.
Recent and upcoming performance venues as a soloist include Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Estonia Concert-hall, Vanemuise Kontsertdimaja, Parnü Concert Hall, Częstochowa Philharmonic Concert Hall, Stoller Hall Manchester, Stavanger Konserthus Sommerkonsert Series, Temppeliaukio Church Helsinki, Parco Della Music Rome, St Martin in the Fields London, National Portrait Gallery London and Sage Gateshead Hall 1.
Miriam is a prizewinner in numerous International and National competitions, including 1st Prizes from Grand Virtuoso International Competition with invitation to perform at Royal Albert Hall London, IMKA competition, North Online International Competition & Virtuoso Belcanto International Competition dedicated to Paganini.
As a concerto soloist she has performed with conductors such as Peter Szilvay, Lilyan Kaiv, Jose Miguel Rodilla, and Oliver Weder, and orchestras such as Narva Symphony Orchestra, Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra and Maarja Filharmoonia. Festival performances include: Freedom Festival Hull, Stavanger Chamber Festival, Norwegian Youth Chamber Festival, Cheltenham and Lake District Music Festivals, Tunnell Trust Coll and Prussia Cove International Musician’s Seminar.
Miriam currently collaborates in Violin/Piano Duo with renowned Jewish-American pianist, Michael Bulychev-Okser. She has also performed chamber music with eminent musicians such as St Petersburg Quartet and Piano Quintet, Jelger Blanken, Laura Mikkola, Jan Bjoranger and Amaury Coeytaux.
Miriam is a keen proponent of contemporary repertoire, including recently giving the Norwegian Premiere of Edward Cowie’s GAD for NyMusikk society in Norway. She will also perform concertos by leading contemporary composer, Alexey Shor, in Autumn 2023.
Miriam particularly specialises in and adores Romantic repertoire and performance style. Since 2017 Miriam has studied with renowned French violinist, Philippe Graffin, including receiving her Artist Diploma at Hague Royal Conservatory in 2018. She has also made extended and Masters Degree study with notable musicians including Eszter Haffner, Jan Bjoranger, and Andras Keller at Liszt Academy Budapest. Miriam completed her undergraduate studies at Royal College of Music London, on a full scholarship. She has
participated in masterclasses with Shlomo Mintz, Pavel Vernikov, Svetlana Makarova, Pierre Amoyal, Felix Andrievsky, Viktor Tretyakov, Natalia Likhopoi, Kaija Saariaho, Benjamin Schmid, Gyorgy Pauk, Kolja Blacher, Keiko Wataya, Thomas Zehetmair, Amaury Coeytaux, Kungsbacka Trio, Hugh Bean, and Emanuel Hurwitz.
Miriam is also a committed violin pedagogue of 15 years teaching experience, with current students including members of National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain. She is founder and artistic-director of the online music-academy launched in 2020: www.virtualvirtuoso.online. Miriam is also a professor for Classical Hugs International Academy.
Miriam also has considerable orchestral experience, including winning a 1st Violin position in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 23, with whom she worked for four years, and had the privilege to perform a full Mahler symphony cycle and record all of Shostakovich symphonies on Naxos with conductor Vasily Petrenko, and free- lance work with Oxford Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Chamber Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, & 1b1 Ensemble.
In her early years, aged 12, Miriam performed as concertmaster of the National Children’s Orchestra in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She also won 1st prize in the James Etherington music Competition. At the age of 13 she was accepted to the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, in which she went on to perform as assistant Concertmaster at the BBC proms in Royal Albert Hall London.