Elaina Miller is currently in seventh grade at Chief Kanim Middle School in Snoqualmie, WA. She started her piano and violin lessons at age five. She has participated in school choir programs and is a member of the Snoqualmie Strings Orchestra. Already the winner of several awards from the Washington State Music Teachers Association she has consistently won awards for the Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program. This year Elaina was the winner of the prestigious Gold Meal Award, for achieving the highest grade at level 6 in the the United States and Canada, as well as the Washington State Certificate of Excellence Other awards include the highest grade in the State and the North West. In addition she has been a consistent winner in the Federation of Music Clubs and the International Piano Composition Contest.
Comments about her performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music Examiners tell more of her story of excellence at the piano in musical interpretation and general musicianship: Elaina is currently studying piano with Bob Pajer at the Mercer Island Piano Studio. Sharon Van Valin is her composition teacher.
Here are Elaina’s thoughts about her composition, (Title) Performed by Elaina Miller (violin) and David Miller (Piano) In today’s program you will hear three Spanish songs included in the suite: Faruca — a Spanish flamenco dance that has sudden changes in mood and tempo including varied rhythms, switching between the piano and violin. Milonga Tango — a faster paced tango that places greater emphasis on the rhythm of the song Flamnco Buleria — including varied rhythms and a grace tango melody in both the violin and the piano, sometimes switching between the two instruments. The Buleria picks up speed at the same rhythm. The Buleria can go up to speeds of three hundred beats per minute. Listen closely to the piano mimicking the strumming of the guitar. Enjoy!
This 1915 gorgeous unique walnut Steinway Model O has been refinished in November 2014 with a perfect Steinway style finish, including recently restrung with all new strings, hammers, and keytops.