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Tobie Miller

Recorder, symphonia, voice

©Didier Bertrand

The Canadian hurdy gurdy player, recorderist and singer, Tobie Miller, grew up in a family of classical musicians. After studies in Early Music Performance (B.Mus) at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), she moved to Basel (Switzerland) to pursue postgraduate studies at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Her work in Basel was supported by two grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and by the J.B.C. Watkins Award. She was the recipient of a further grant from the Canada Council in 2011-2012 for her work on the baroque hurdy gurdy and transcriptions of J.S. Bach's solo cello and violin repertoire for the same instrument.


Currently dividing her time between Basel and Montreal, Tobie continues to perform and record with many ensembles on both continents including the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges (recording of Haydn and Mozart concerti forthcoming, on the Laborie label), Les Musiciens de Saint Julien (recording on Alpha label), Per Sonat (recording on the Christophorus label), and her own ensembles, La Rota and Ysis.


One of the only hurdy gurdy players to come to the instrument through early music, she is recognized as a virtuoso of the baroque hurdy gurdy, and performs in various formations, including in duo with the Austrian hurdy gurdy player, Matthias Loibner, as well as with well-known conductors such as Jordi Savall, Christophe Coin, and Wieland Kuijken.


While maintaining a busy performing career, she also teaches regularly at workshops and festivals including CAMMAC (since 2003), the Over the Water Hurdy Gurdy Festival (since 2005), Les Journées de La Flûte à Bec (2006), and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (2008, 2012).