Albany Symphony's David Alan Miller Receives Third GRAMMY Nomination


Albany, NY- The Recording Academy™ today announced the 2019 class of GRAMMY® award nominees, including nominees for Best Orchestral Performance.  Among the list of notable nominees for Best Orchestral Performance is the Albany Symphony’s Music Director and three-time GRAMMY® nominee, David Alan Miller. Miller shares this nomination with the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic for its recent recording of works by John Harbison, the late Steven Stucky, and Carl Ruggles.  The recording was released by NAXOS Records in June 2018 as part of its highly acclaimed American Classics series.  In 2014, David Alan Miller won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo with Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Albany Symphony.  Miller received his second nomination in 2016 for Best Solo Vocal Album with Talise Trevigne and the Albany Symphony for the recording of Christopher Rouses’ Kabir Padavali.

Frequently in demand as a guest conductor, Miller is a creative and compelling conductor with a repertoire that includes new and unusual works by American composers. For this recording, David Alan Miller conducted the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, an elite orchestra comprised of the most talented young musicians from conservatories across the country and included John Harbison’s Symphony No. 4 and the late Steven Stucky’s Second Concerto for Orchestra.

Richard Scerbo, Director of the National Orchestra Institute + Festival said: "I’m thrilled and honored that our album was recognized by the Recording Academy alongside four of the world’s greatest orchestras.  This is a wonderful testament to the talent and passion of the students of the  National Orchestral Institute + Festival at the University of Maryland. We are so appreciative of David Alan Miller's mentorship of these young orchestral musicians. The future of orchestral music is now!" 

Both Stucky and Harbison have had a long-standing relationship with David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony.  Harbison premiered and recorded “The Great Gatsby Suite” at the 2014 American Music Festival and Stucky was the Andrew W. Mellon Composer-in-Residence at the Albany Symphony during the 2015.16 season.  Steven Stucky died unexpectedly during his residency following a brief battle with cancer.  This season, the Albany Symphony will feature Steven Stucky’s Chamber Concerto on January 5th and 6th at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.  The work will be recorded for commercial release.


About David Alan Miller:

Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Mr. Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. He and the orchestra have twice appeared at "Spring For Music," an annual festival of America's most creative orchestras at New York City's Carnegie Hall.  In 2018, they appear at the “SHIFT Festival” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Other accolades include Columbia University’s 2003 Ditson Conductor’s Award, the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to American music, the 2001 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming and, in 1999, ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.  In July, 2017, he and the Albany Symphony commemorated the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal with “Water Music NY,” an epic, week-long orchestral barge journey from Albany to Buffalo, NY, performing seven major collaborative works for orchestra and collaborating arts groups in seven Canal-side communities.   

Frequently in demand as a guest conductor, Mr. Miller has worked with most of America’s major orchestras, including the orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, as well as the New World Symphony, the Boston Pops and the New York City Ballet. In addition, he has appeared frequently throughout Europe, Australia and the Far East as guest conductor. 

Mr. Miller received his Grammy Award in January 2014 for his Naxos recording of John Corigliano's "Conjurer," with the Albany Symphony and Dame Evelyn Glennie. His extensive discography also includes recordings of the works of Todd Levin with the London Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon, as well as music by Michael Daugherty, Kamran Ince, and Michael Torke for London/Decca, and of Christopher Rouse and Luis Tinoco for Naxos. His recordings with the Albany Symphony include discs devoted to the music of John Harbison, Aaron J. Kernis, Roy Harris, Morton Gould, Peter Mennin, and Vincent Persichetti on the Albany Records label.

A native of Los Angeles, David Alan Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School. Prior to his appointment in Albany, Mr. Miller was Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. From 1982 to 1988, he was Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, earning considerable acclaim for his work with that ensemble. Mr. Miller lives with his wife and three children in Slingerlands, New York.

National Orchestral Institute + Festival Boilerplate

Founded in 1988 at the University of Maryland, the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F) is a leader in the training and mentoring of the next generation of orchestral musicians. During a month-long festival, outstanding young artists from around the country rehearse and perform with world-renowned conductors, attend master classes and seminars with faculty members from top orchestras around the country, and engage with the community to spark discovery and appreciation of the power of orchestral  performance. Recent alumni can be found performing with the Chicago, Boston, National and Seattle symphonies and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics to name just a few.