Since giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 1992, American violinist Anton Miller has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue. He has performed over ﬁfty violin concertos with a number of orchestras on four continents. His most recent solo release on Naxos features the Kurt Weill Concerto for Violin and Wind Ensemble. Anton is on the violin and chamber music faculty at the Hartt School, and has been on the faculty of New York University, Oberlin Conservatory, Lawrence University, and Swarthmore College. He and his wife Rita Porﬁris are the members of the acclaimed violin and viola ensemble, Miller-Porﬁris Duo. American Record Guide said of the ensemble “You would have to go a long way to hear better duo playing than this.” He also serves as Concertmaster of Lincoln’s Symphony in Lincoln, Nebraska. Anton completed his MM at The Juilliard School studying with Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Felix Galimir and members of the Juilliard Quartet. He received his BM from Indiana University as a student of Franco Gulli.
Edward Jacobs (b. 1961) began playing violin at age 8, but abandoned that at age 11—upon hearing a friend’s jazz quartet—in favor of the saxophone. Work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1984) in jazz performance and arranging (Jeff Holmes) and composition (Salvatore Macchia, Robert Stern) was followed by study in composition (Andrew Imbrie, Olly Wilson, Gerard Grisey) and conducting (Michael Senturia) at the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., 1986) and at Columbia University (composition with Mario Davidovsky, Chou Wen-Chung, Marty Boykan, George Edwards) where he completed the D.M.A. in 1993. Jacobs’ work as a composer of both instrumental/vocal and electronic has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Charles Ives Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. The Academy’s citation reads “Edward Jacobs’s music masters the ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ sound habitats and embeds them into a unified and consistent single space with grace, broad orchestral imagination and expressivity. Jacobs’s music is immediately engaging, attractive and intellectually demanding.” Jacobs is Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University, where his activities have also included the founding and direction of the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative begun in March, 2001.
Six Humors - Edward Jacobs
Recorded at home in Connecticut, July 2020
Anton Miller, violin
Mastered by Bradley Sayles.
Property of Shelter Recording Project, American Composers Alliance