B i o g r a p h y
Miriam Davis is a British violinist who has performed throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. She is a prizewinner in International and National competitions, most recently in July 2019 from Alion Baltic Competition, in May 2019 receiving 1st Prize from International Grand Virtuoso Competition with invitation to perform at Concertgebouw Amsterdam Kleine Salle, and in December 2018 receiving 1st Prize from IMKA competition and Grand Virtuoso Rome, as well as a prize from North Online International Competition. Recent solo performance venues include regular invitation in Stavanger Konserthus Sommerkonsert Series, Temppeliaukio Church Helsinki, Parco Della Music Rome, St Martin in the Fields London and Sage Gateshead Hall 1. Miriam has also made chamber and solo appearances at the National Portrait Gallery London, Cheltenham and Lake District Music Festivals, Tunnell Trust in Coll, Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival Italy, Apeldoorn International Masterclass, Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger Chamber Festival, and Prussia Cove International Musician’s Seminar. At festivals she has had the pleasure to perform with renowned musicians including Laura Mikkola, Gabriele Ragghianti, Michael Bulychev-Okser, Jan Bjoranger and Amaury Coeytaux. Miriam specialises in Romantic repertoire and performance style. She performs regularly with pianist Jelger Blanken. 2020 sees return to native UK in concerto engagements, as well as a planned upcoming concert-tour and CD recording of the complete Ysaye Solo Sonatas.
Miriam currently studies with Philippe Graffin at Hague Royal Conservatory, where she just obtained her Artist Certificate. She has also made extended study with renowned musicians including Eszter Haffner, Jan Bjoranger, and Andras Keller at Liszt Academy Budapest. She completed her undergraduate studies at Royal College of Music London, on a full scholarship. She has participated in masterclasses with 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 also has considerable orchestral experience, including guest Concertmaster 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 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 of Great Britain in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. 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 Co-Leader at the BBC proms in Royal Albert Hall London.