Praised by the press for their “haunting and picturesque” musical interpretations, the Miller-Porfiris Duo has been delighting audiences in the United States, Great Britain, and Central America since 2005.
Anton Miller and Rita Porfiris first met over 20 years ago while studying at the Juilliard School. Their musical lineage can be traced back to famed pedagogues and musicians Ivan Galamian. Leopold Auer, Franz Kneisel, Joseph Joachim, and Josef Bohm, close friend and collaborator of Ludwig van Beethoven. In keeping with this distinguished pedigree, the duo has given seminars and masterclasses at festivals and institutions such as New York University, Duke University, Kutztown University, Kean University, the Festival Eterna Primavera in Cuernavaca Mexico, Conciertos de la Villa Santo Domingo, Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival Duluth, Brunel Jazzbridge London and Point CounterPoint in Vermont. Anton and Rita are Associate Professors of Violin and Viola respectively at the Hartt School in Connecticut.
The Duo is committed to expanding the repertoire for violin and viola. In 2010 they commissioned and recorded 3 new works for violin and viola by Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen, Argentinean composer Mario Diaz Gavier, and American composer Libby Larsen for their debut CD “Five Postcards.” A third CD, slated for release in the summer of 2014, will contain a never-recorded duo sonata by 20th century Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Upcoming highlights of the 2013-14 season include performances of the Bruch Double Concerto with Lincoln's Symphony and a rare performance of the Arthur Benjamin Romantic Fantasy for Violin and Viola with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. For more information about their CDs and schedule of concerts and masterclasses, visit their website at www.millerporfirisduo.org.