A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, violist Miranda Sielaff pursues a rich and varied musical career in New York City. From chamber music appearances on the renowned series at Brooklyn's Bargemusic to performances of adventurous new music in night clubs to outreach concerts for public school children and seniors, Miranda enjoys diverse opportunities to engage living composers, fellow performers and audiences through music.
Miranda regularly performs with several ensembles, including the Caravel Trio, String Orchestra of New York City, Wet Ink, and Columbia Composers. She has toured internationally with Arcos String Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy, and in 2008 she was featured in Carnegie Hall’s Making Music: Pierre Boulez. Miranda is a founding member of The Knights, a dynamic chamber orchestra based in Brooklyn. With The Knights she has performed with soloists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck, Wu Man and Dawn Upshaw, and performed in some of the world's finest concert halls including the Cologne Philharmonie, Vienna's Musikverein, and Carnegie Hall. She can be heard on The Knights’ recordings for the Sony Classical, Ancalagon and Warner Music labels. In 2011 she joined performers from The Knights for Silk Road Connect outreach activities in the New York City Public Schools, and played in culminating performances with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.
Miranda maintains a private studio and is on the Violin and Viola Faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music. She was on the Violin Faculty of the School for Strings from 2005-16. In addition to adhering to the Suzuki philosophy, much of Miranda’s teaching has been focused on bringing new music into the studio and classroom. As a Morse Fellow at Juilliard she taught a month of lessons in the classroom leading up to an interactive performance of Crumb’s “Black Angels.” Composer commissions for her students framed the dialogue of “Teaching to the Future of Classical Music,” which she presented at ASTA's 2005 National Conference. Miranda has given master classes at the University of Tennessee, Williams College, the Upper Valley Music Center (NH), and the Long Island String Festival. Some of her private students have been prizewinners in local competitions and gone on to attend college to study music, and others pursue music as a lifelong passion as they develop careers outside of music.
Miranda started playing violin at age 5 in the Suzuki program at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis. After her first viola lesson with Karen Ritscher she was inspired to switch to viola, and she completed her B.M. in Viola Performance at Rice University. She went on to earn her Master's degree with Karen Tuttle at the Juilliard School. As a student she received fellowships to attend festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood and Lucerne, and as a teacher she has enjoyed seeing students grow at several summer festivals, including Westchester Suzuki Institute and New York Summer Music Festival.