Elias Miller, Principal Conductor

Elias has been music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston since 2018 and of Festival Theater Hudson since 2021, Elias Miller has established a reputation as a leading young conductor and orchestra builder. Recent highlights include a critically acclaimed series of outdoor concerts with the Apollo Ensemble in Massachusetts state parks, an appearance with Hudson Festival Orchestra, a performance with the Pro Arte Orchester in Vienna, Austria, and a staged production of Wagner’s Die Walküre (Act I) with FTH. During the past year, Miller also served as cover conductor at the Minnesota Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. 

An active conductor of opera and oratorio, Miller led the Harvard Early Music Society in productions of works by J.A. Hasse and Telemann between 2016 and 2019, including two North American premieres and one Boston premiere. Miller has also conducted performances of operas by Gluck, Stravinsky, William Grant Still, and Gilbert & Sullivan. Ensembles he has conducted in the past include the University of Michigan’s Symphony, Philharmonia, and Campus orchestras, the Ann Arbor Camerata, the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra Chamber Players, and the Chromos Collaborative Orchestra. Miller has also served as the assistant conductor for Opera Saratoga, the Boston Chamber Symphony, and Harvard College Opera. 

A distinguished pianist and cellist, Miller has performed solo recitals in the United States and in Europe on both instruments and has served as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for many operatic productions. He holds degrees from Harvard University (A.B. in Music, summa cum laude) and the University of Michigan (M.M. in Orchestral Conducting) and recently completed his postgraduate studies at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Miller’s mentors include Mark Stringer, Kenneth Kiesler, Federico Cortese, Laurie Rogers, and his father, David Alan Miller.

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