Mira Armij Gill
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mira Armij Gill is of East-Indian descent. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she had the privilege of completing her Bachelor’s degree as one of three students of the late John Browning, and received her Master’s degree with Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, Ms. Gill won the Artist’s International Young Artist Piano Award which resulted in her New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.She has also won top prizes in the Utah Symphony Guild Competition, the Midland-Odessa National Concerto Competition, the Kawai America National Competition and she won Second Place in the Joanna Hodges International Brahms Competition. She was presented in recital as Mu Phi Epsilon's Distinguished Artist of 2011 in New York at Tenri Cultural Institute.
She has won numerous prizes, including First Place in the Jefferson Symphony Concerto Auditions in Golden, Colorado, and First Place in the Utah Symphony Guild Competition held in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the youngest of three Grand Prize Winners in the Midland-Odessa National Concerto Auditions in Odessa, Texas.
Ms. Gill was a featured soloist with the Utah Symphony under the baton of Maestro Joseph Silverstein. Her playing of Liszt’s First Piano Concerto in E Flat Major was reviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune and described as "a bravura performance with confidence and flair". She has also soloed with other orchestras throughout the United States including performances with the Midland Odessa Symphony, the Jefferson Symphony, Murray Symphony, the Brigham Young University Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Conservatory Chamber Orchestra,the Fort Collins Symphony and the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony. Some of her performances have been broadcast live over KSL Radio, as well as KBYU Radio, and she was featured on KSL Television.
She has performed in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in its "Wednesdays at One" series for piano music, the Weiner Saal Concert Hall in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Mozarteum’s concert series in Radstadt, Austria. She annually gave concerts in the Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Steinway Hall in New York City. Ms. Gill has attended the Gnessin Institute’s Summer Festival in Moscow, Russia; the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria; and Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Ms. Katja Rausch of Le Jeudi, a newspaper from the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg wrote: "Her playing is spectacular, poetic and so inspiring", following her debut CD launch concert at Steinway Hall in New York. Soon after, her CD was reviewed by famed pianist, Cyprien Katsaris: "She has a remarkable technique and, more important, a genuine musical feeling".
Consul General of India, Hon. Pramathesh Rath invited Ms. Gill gave the first piano recital ever presented at the Consulate General of India in New York. Ms. Gill received media attention from local newspaper Desi Talk and was a featured cover story in the national magazine The Urban Indian.
As a former student of the late pianist John Browning, Ms. Gill contributed to the making of a documentary entitled "Memories of John Browning, the Lhevinne Legacy Continues", produced by Arkatov Productions. During her interview and special feature in the film, Ms. Gill discusses the Browning/Lhevinne approach to Russian technique. Excerpts from her CD serve to demonstrate his tremendous influence on her paying and teaching. Other contributors to the documentary included Leonard Slatkin and John Williams.
Events for 2012-2013 events included the filming and release of a short documentary about Ms. Gill highlighting her life as a pianist and a teacher produced by Agricola Media. She also gave benefit concert for SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action), the only non-sectarian comprehensive youth organization, dedicated to create social change and opportunities for low-income South Asian youth, to be held at WMP Concert Hall, New York; and a private concert for the Bi-annual Gala organized by the Luxembourg-American Chamber of Commerce in New York in the presence of H.R.H. Crown Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg held at the University Club in New York.
Ms. Gill resides in New York. After twelve years on the Piano Faculty of Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan, she established a Piano Program at SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action) based in Elmhurst, New York, where she serves as Resident Teaching Artist. For more info visit miragill.com.