Cassandra Miller combines a love of warmth with a love for the absurd, and she explores the complexity of emotion that can result from simplicity. She is engaged with the notions of virtuosity and excess, and by the strangeness of concert traditions, baroque through modern. She searches for new notation systems that stimulate personal interpretation and connection between performers.
Cassandra holds a M. Mus. degree from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (the Netherlands), and a B. Mus. from the University of Victoria. Her compositions have been performed by the Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic), both the Victoria and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, and numerous chamber ensembles in Europe and Canada.
New works have been commissioned by Ensemble Kore (Montréal), Zinc & Copper Works (Berlin), Continuum Contemporary Music (Toronto), RedShift Music Society (Vancouver), Vancouver New Music, and Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (the Generation project).
She currently lives in Montréal, where she is the artistic and general director of Innovations en concert, an organization which presents concert series, focusing on underground/fringe elements of Montréal contemporary music/sound art, encouraging a new canon of creative music in Quebec.