B i o g r a p h y
Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class Honours in 2015, Merlin Miller commenced postgraduate study on the two-year MMus course where he passed with Distinction. As well as preparing a variety of solo and chamber music, he produced a film project, which explores the guitar works of Manuel Ponce.
At the Royal Academy, Merlin studied under Head of Guitar Michael Lewin, with class supervisors for project work including cellist Neil Heyde and pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Previously, Merlin took composition as a second study with Dr Patrick Nunn. Studies in composition and musical analysis have fed into Merlin's musically inquisitive mind, meaning that he takes an active interest in exploring the pieces he plays on a number of levels, resulting in thoughtful and original renditions.
Notable achievements have included the performance of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ piece ‘Hill Runes’ in the Academy’s Guitar Showcase concert, in the presence of the composer, and a prominent role in a concert of Lennox Berkeley’s Guitar Music, also having won the 2012 Lennox Berkeley Society Award for his performance in their Oxford-based competition. A twice-recipient of the Academy’s Bache Fund Prize, Council of Honour Prize, Mrs MA Garrett Award and a Blythe Watson Scholarship, Merlin has also been generously sponsored by the Wolfson Foundation, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Marylebone Education Trust.