Guitarist Robert O’Connor Miller is a passionate performer, chamber musician, and educator whose performances have been described as "intense, emotional and graceful" by the Rochester City Newspaper.
Robert has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Recent concerts have taken him to concert halls and guitar festivals in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia (with a planned return in the summer of 2016), and to concerts series and universities throughout California. Often at these engagements aside from performing, he is also giving masterclasses and judging competitions.
He received his Bachelor of Music Performance from Ithaca College in 2006, where he studied with classical guitarist Pablo Cohen and jazz guitarist Steve Brown. On the receipt of a graduate scholarship award, he attend the prestigious Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Nicholas Goluses and was awarded a Master of Music Performance. After graduating in 2008, Robert was a fellow with the Belgian American Educational Foundation from which he received a fully-funded stipend to study and concertize in Belgium. Here he furthered his studies at the Lemmensinstituut with a poet of the guitar, Raphaella Smits. The Lemmensinstiuut awarded hima master’s degrees in both guitar performance and chamber music.
With a deep belief in the power of the arts and the need for artists to rise up as entrepreneurs and advocates for their craft, Robert co-founded The California Conservatory of Guitar in 2011. The school currently enriches and empowers the lives of over 150 students and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent graduates have went on to pursue and continue their study of music at renowned institutions such as Harvard, Brown and the University of Southern California. In 2014, The Guitar Foundation of America selected an ensemble from the school to perform at their annual convention in L.A. In 2012, Robert also co-founded The Peninsula Guitar Series, a concert series that brings international talent to the Bay Area to present concerts and masterclasses.
Since 2010 he has also been very active throughout the United States and Asia with his classical guitar duo, DuoSF. In a review of their debut CD titled “Corta Jaca”, Classical Guitar Magazine recently wrote, “effortlessly played”, and “this interpretation is one of the very best I have heard…an outstanding recording of some lovely music in superb performances beautifully captured. One to hunt for!”
Contact - robert @thecaliforniaconservatory.com