Miranda's performances and recordings have appeared in radio stations all over the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. An avid soloist, he has performed with several chamber ensembles and orchestras including: Caracas Municipal Symphony, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, South Czech Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, among others. Carmine has also performed in prominent concert halls and music festivals around the world including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Smetana Hall (CZ), the Aula Magna Hall (VE), International Český Krumlov Music Festival, Parma Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Close Encounters with Music Series in Great Barrington, NY and many more. Carmine has collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists such as Yehuda Hanani, Awadagin Pratt, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Yuriy Yanko, Mario Košík, Spanish composer Luis Serrano Alarcón and Grammy Nominated composer Michael Hoppé.
Miranda was kind to respond to Global Music Awards' request for an interview:
What do you think are the most innovative and original aspects of your music?
I grew up listening to all kinds of music, particularly folkloric music from many different cultures. As a performer and interpreter, I go through a process of historical research and theoretical analysis. I do not believe in imitating, but rather combining everything that I have learned over time in order to make any piece that I am performing my own.
What do you like most about playing the cello?
The fact that I can treat it like a human voice and sing with it due to its versatile range.
Among noted musicians, whom do you most respect and why?
Too many to name but mainly, Pablo Casals, Jascha Heifetz, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, Paul Tortelier, Misha Maisky, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballe, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Daft Punk, Breakbot, Justice… Apart for being masters of their craft, all of them had/have their own voice and were/are not afraid to use it. I like artists that live or feel music and are able to express it.
What advice do you have for young, emerging musicians?
The best musicians have always been the most knowledgeable. Make music that has meaning and can change the world to a better place.
Born in Valencia in 1988 to Italian immigrants and moving to the United States at an early age, Carmine Filippo Miranda (Carmine Miranda) is a Venezuelan/American cellist, international soloist and recording artist. Carmine began his musical studies at the age of seven at the Carabobo State Music Conservatory in Venezuela, where he studied his first years of Theory and Solfege, finally graduating from the Private Institute of Musical Education or I.P.E.M. He studied with cellists Luisa Fuentes, Valmore Nieves and William Molina, at the Latin-American Academy of Violoncello, and the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music (the institution that spawned the famous “El Sistema”). At the same time he was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of Beethoven under the direction of Giuseppe Sinoppoli.
In the U.S. he studied with cellists Ross Harbaugh, Lee Fiser (LaSalle String Quartet) and is a pupil of cellist Yehuda Hanani at the University Of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he obtained a Bachelors of Arts in music, Master’s Degree and Doctorate’s degree candidacy. He has participated in several music competitions as a soloist and chamber player winning several recognitions and awards at a national and international level. Among them include: the Coral Gables Music Club Award for “Best Instrumentalist”, won the first prize of the 2005 Alhambra Music Competition, 2005-2006 National Orchestra Award for “Best Soloist” from the FMEA (Florida Music Educators Association), the 08-09 University of Cincinnati Cello Competition, a Distinguished Award from the 2012 IBLA international competition, “Gold”, “Silver” and “Bronze” Medals from the 2014 Global Music Awards for Best Of Show (GMA's highest honor), Best Emerging Artist, Best Instrumentalist, a 2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards nomination and also a laureate of Fischoff, Concert Artist Guild and Hudson Valley Competitions.
At the age of twenty two and twenty three, Miranda recorded the Six Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach under the label Centaur Records and Alfredo Piatti’s 12 Caprices for Solo Cello under the label Navona Records, joining the ranks of the youngest in the world to record these entire works. In 2013 Carmine completed the United States premiere of Nikita Koshkin's "L'istesso Tempo" composition for cello and guitar. He was also selected to represent the University of Cincinnati as a soloist for a multi-state American tour with the CCM Wind Orchestra culminating with an opening night performance at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference in North Carolina’s Aycock Auditorium. Likewise, Miranda is the president and founder of the independent electronic music label and production company RLU Records, equally skilled as an electronic and dance music composer, producer and DJ under the pseudonym “45trona Ut”. Currently Carmine Miranda is a recording artist for PARMA Recordings, and plays on a 2005 Jules Azzi cello made in New York City. Miranda is a Dogal USA artist and performs on Dogal’s Montagnana strings handmade in Venice, Italy.
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