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 groups, as well as capturing other artists and their creative endeavours.

She has appeared at various concert series at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, chamber music festivals in Killaloe, Westport, Sligo, Clonmel, Monkstown, East Cork and Belfast as well as in recordings with Crash Ensemble, Vanbrugh Quartet and several RTÉ lyric FM broadcasts. She has guested as principal with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and deputises with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. She is member of the Dublin-based experimental 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 numerous occasions. Miriam was the Irish Freemasons' Young Musician of the Year, inaugural recipient of the RDS Jago Award, multiple prize winner in the ESB Feis Ceoil and has performed concerti by Liebermann, Ibert, Nielsen, Mozart,Telemann, Vivaldi.

Having been fascinated with early music for as long as she can remember, she taught herself the traverso for three years before receiving an Arts Council Travel and Training Award which enabled her to take lessons in London. She now plays with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and has fond memories performing with Collegium Marianum, Ex Cathedra, Camerata Kilkenny, Ensemble Marsyas and her own emerging ensemble, Cybele's Flutes. She has worked on Bach Cantata projects directed by Philippe Herreweghe and Mark Padmore and performed alongside baroque flautists Wilbert Hazelzet, Rachel Brown and Jana Semeradova.

Always keen to venture a little bit outside of classical music, she loves playing with Glasshouse Ensemble and occasionally makes sounds for songwriter and composer friends. She 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 and Patricia Morris. Among her other influential teachers were 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. She trained as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (Semyon Bychkov) and was a scholarship participant of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Institute in Toronto (Claire Guimond). She is currently based in Vienna studying with 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 the 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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