A member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988, cellist Emil Miland is an acclaimed soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He made his solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 16, the same year he was selected to perform in the Rostropovich Master Classes at the University of California, Berkeley. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America. His many recital collaborations include performances with Jamie Barton, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, the late Zheng Cao and the late Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson. In 2010, Mr. Miland was invited by von Stade to perform with her at Carnegie Hall for her farewell recital.
Many composers have written and dedicated new works for him including Ernst Bacon, David Carlson, David Conte, Shinji Eshima, John Grimmett, Lou Harrison, Jake Heggie, Richard Hervig, Andrew Imbrie, James Meredith and Dwight Okamura. His recordings include David Carlson's Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Utah Symphony on New World Records and his Sonata for Cello and Piano with pianist, David Korevaar on MSR Records. Mr. Miland is featured on David Conte's recently released CD of chamber music for Albany Records, on which he performs Conte's Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (written for Mr. Miland) with Miles Graber, as well as Conte's Piano Trio with violinist Kay Stern and pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi. This recording has been met with critical acclaim, with reviews praising Mr. Miland's "impeccable playing in terms of both technique and taste" and lauding him for "extracting every ounce of passion from this passionate work". He is featured on many of Jake Heggie's recordings beginning with the RCA Red Seal CD, "The Faces of Love: The Songs of Jake Heggie" and most recently, the 2013 release, "Here/After: Songs of Lost Voices" on Pentatone.
Mr. Miland is presented in "The Heart of a Bell", a recent film by Eric Theirmann and Aleksandra Wolska, performing Smirti, a haunting elegy for cello, Tibetan chimes and bells with the Sonos Handbell Ensemble. He also joined Sonos in December 2012 as a soloist on their nine city tour of Japan. He also appears in the 2012 documentary, "Lou Harrison: A World of Music" by Eva Soltes. In 2013, he made his Paris recital debut under the auspices of the European American Musical Alliance. Earlier this year, Mr. Miland toured to Hawaii and Australia performing chamber music and in July, he was presented in recital at the Bear Valley Music Festival. He is featured on Love Life, a 2016 recording featuring soprano Ann Moss and music by Jake Heggie, Liam Wade and Joni Mitchell. He performs regularly as a member of the Lowell Trio with Janet Archibald, oboe and Margaret Fondbertasse, piano.