The Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that doctoral student Christopher Miranda has won an internal concerto competition and will perform the Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major with the Philharmonic Orchestra, David Effron conducting, on February 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center. Miranda is a student of Menahem Pressler. The runner up for the competition was Jinseo Joo, student of Emile Naoumoff.
“I am so grateful to be given this opportunity to play such a beautiful and unique work with Orchestra,” said Miranda. “Its nearly as much of a concerto for orchestra as for the piano, such a showcase for the entire ensemble, a heartfelt, collaborative experience.”
From Canada, Miranda began learning the piano at the age of seven. At 9 years old, he was invited to compete at the North American Age Championship of the American Guild of Music competitions. He continued his early success winning the Contemporary Showcase Competition, as well as the Tom Thomas Scholarship awarded by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also won the coveted Rose Bowl at both the Peel Music Festival and the Kiwanis Music Festival of Toronto, first prize in the Canadian Music Competitions, Toronto Music Competition, TD Canada Trust National Competition and Toronto Symphony Piano Competitions, was awarded the Kesri Arts Award and the Emerging Performing Artist Award by the city of Mississauga, and the Professional Musician Grant of the Canada Council for the Arts from the Government of Canada. Christopher continues to delight audiences today in both solo and chamber categories, including performances at Roy Thompson Hall, the CBC Glenn Studio, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and with the Toronto and Yale Philharmonia Orchestras. He has also been heard on television and radio including OnTV, Bravo! television, CBC Radio and CJRT 91.1fm in Canada.
Miranda earned an A.R.C.T. Performer’s Diploma achieving first class honours with distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he is also a graduate of the Young Artists Performance Academy of the Glenn Gould Professional School as a scholarship student of Marina Geringas. At the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Marietta Orlov, Christopher earned his Bachelor and Master in Music Performance degrees, was awarded the W.O. Forsyth Memorial top graduating scholarship, an Advanced Certificate in Performance, and the distinguished Felix Galimir Award for excellence in Chamber Music. Most recently Miranda completed an Artist Diploma on full scholarship from Yale University, studying with Claude Frank.