Miranda Wilson is Assistant Professor of Cello and Double Bass at the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. She is Co-Director of the Idaho Bach Festival, and Director of Strings in the Lionel Hampton School of Music Preparatory Division. Since her appointment in 2010, she has established herself as a frequent recitalist, chamber musician, adjudicator and clinician in Idaho and the Northwest.
Previously, Dr. Wilson was a founding member of the Tasman String Quartet. From 2007 to 2009, the TSQ featured prominently on the international concert and competition stage, winning top prizes in several international chamber music contests including the Plowman, Rutenberg, and Asia-Pacific Competitions. The TSQ held a two-year residency at the University of Colorado as assistants to the Takács Quartet, and further residencies at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Auburn University (Alabama), the University of Illinois, and the New Zealand School of Music.
Dr. Wilson has a strong interest in writing about music, and is a regular contributor to Strings, the leading international journal for bowed string instruments, as well as various scholarly publications. She also publishes articles online at her website, mirandawilsoncellist.com. She has made several radio broadcast and commercial recordings, including the world premiere recording of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Quaternion for the Chandos label.
Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Dr. Wilson made her soloist debut at the age of 16, when she was invited to perform Elgar's Cello Concerto with the Wellington Sinfonia. She was also the principal cellist of the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra. She was educated at the Universities of Canterbury (New Zealand), London (United Kingdom), and Texas, winning a number of important academic awards such as the Fulbright Scholarship and the International Peace Scholarship. Her principal teachers were Natalia Pavlutskaya, Alexander Ivashkin, Phyllis Young, András Fejér, and Judith Glyde.