Miranda Sielaff > Viola
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, violist Miranda Sielaff pursues a rich and varied musical career in New York City. From chamber music appearances on the renowned series at Brooklyn’s Bargemusic to performances of adventurous new music in night clubs to outreach concerts for public school children and seniors, Miranda enjoys diverse opportunities to engage living composers, fellow performers and audiences through music.
Miranda regularly performs with several ensembles, including the Caravel Trio, String Orchestra of New York City, Wet Ink, and Columbia Composers. She has toured internationally with Arcos String Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy, and in 2008 she was featured in Carnegie Hall’s Making Music: Pierre Boulez. Miranda has played with The Knights, a dynamic chamber orchestra, since 2002. She can be heard on The Knights’ three albums on the Sony Classical label and their two recordings on Ancalagon Records.
In 2011 she joined members of The Knights for Silk Road Connect outreach activities in the New York City Public Schools, and played in culminating performances with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.
Miranda is on the Violin and Viola Faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music and the School for Strings in New York. In addition to adhering to the Suzuki philosophy, much of Miranda’s teaching has been focused on bringing new music into the studio and classroom.
As a Morse Fellow at Juilliard she taught a month of lessons in the classroom leading up to an interactive performance of Crumb’s “Black Angels.” Composer commissions for her students framed the dialogue of “Teaching to the Future of Classical Music,” which she presented at ASTA’s 2005 National Conference.
Miranda received her Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University where she studied with Karen Ritscher, and Master of Music from the Juilliard School where she studied with Karen Tuttle.