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David Miller took up the lute in the late 1970’s whilst a guitar student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. There followed an inspiring period of part time tuition at the Early Music Centre where he was able to develop his accompanying skills and participate in master classes given by lutenists visiting or residing in London in the early 1980s.

He has since become a sought after soloist and accompanist and has made several CDs of English songs and lute music, including the complete works of John Danyel and Dowland discs with James Bowman and Charles Daniels. He has recently collaborated with the vocal group ‘I Fagiolini’ in recordings of Pacoloni lute trios and Holborne lute music for Chandos.

He has accompanied James Bowman on many occasions including recitals at the Paris Salle Gaveau and Strassbourg, City of London and Aldburgh festivals. He accompanied Michael Chance on ‘The South Bank Show’ in a programme entitled ‘Countertenors’, followed by a ‘Music Restored’ broadcast for Radio 3.

Over the past fifteen years he has performed with all the principal ‘period instrument’ orchestras in England and also appears with various ensembles including the Rennaisance Ensemble, the Dufay Collective, the Purcell Quartet and Musica Secreta.

David Miller is a professor of lute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, teaches at the Dartington International Summer School and directs the West Dean ‘Summer School in Early Music Performance’. This summer he was also invited to teach at Prachatice in the Czech Republic, and to give solo recitals for the South Bohemian Music Festival, funded by the British Council.


Written by Laurie Stras.

Last updated 21 January, 2002.

The views expressed in this document are those of the author and not those of the University of Southampton.