Miriam is Polish-born, Dublin-raised flautist and freelance photographer. Curious about a variety of styles, she equally enjoys performing with early music ensembles, modern orchestras and contemporary chamber groups, as well as capturing other artists and their creative endeavours.

Miriam was the Irish Freemasons' Young Musician of the Year 2015 and the inaugural recipient of the RDS Jago Award in 2017, as a result of which she was invited back to perform Lowell Liebermann's Flute Concerto with the RTE Concert Orchestra, having made her solo debut with the Ibert Concerto in 2014. She has also performed concerti by Nielsen, Mozart, Telemann and Vivaldi, with several live broadcasts on RTE lyric fm. A lover of chamber music, she has guested and recorded with the Vanbrugh Quartet and Crash Ensemble and has been invited to play at the Killaloe, Westport, Monkstown, Sligo and East Cork festivals as well as the National Concert Hall Chamber Music Series. As a freelance orchestral player, she has appeared as guest principal with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and trained as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. She is member of the Dublin-based new music group, Kirkos Ensemble, and has brought contemporary Irish music to audiences at home, in the UK, New York and Beijing, collaborating with the Contemporary Music Centre on multiple occasions.

Miriam has always been fascinated with early music and taught herself the baroque flute for three years before receiving an Arts Council Travel and Training Award which enabled her to take lessons in London. Since then she has performed with period-instrument groups such as Ex Cathedra, Collegium Marianum, Camerata Kilkenny, Ensemble Marsyas and plays principal flute with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. She has worked on Bach Cantata projects directed by Philippe Herreweghe and Mark Padmore, played alongside Wilbert Hazelzet and was a scholarship participant of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Institute in Toronto, mentored by Claire Guimond. Miriam is also a dedicated teacher and has been involved with a number of educational and outreach programmes in Ireland and the UK for the past 7 years.

Miriam graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music as a pupil of William Dowdall (flute) and Patricia Morris (piccolo). Her other most influential teachers include Michael Cox, Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown as well as memorable masterclass encounters with William Bennett, Sir James Galway, Peter-Lukas Graf, Lorna McGhee and Felix Renggli among others. She is currently based in Vienna pursuing a Master's degree mentored by Erwin Klambauer.

At 11, after months of photographing pebbles, pavements and her guinea pig with a slider Sony Ericsson, she was gifted a compact camera for Christmas. She got her first analogue camera at 15 from her parents and it has served her ever since.

Miriam is grateful for the support of Music Network funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the RDS, RTE lyric fm, Flax Trust, South Dublin County Council, RIAM, Halpin & Jago families and the ever-supportive Bill Dowdall.

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photo credit: Millie Clinton

 

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