Miranda Phythian-Adams, celloMiranda Phythian-Adams, cello


Miranda was born in Oxford, UK and grew up in Leicester, where she played Principal Cello in the Leicestershire schools Symphony Orchestra. After leaving school in 1984, she went to study cello with Derek Simpson at The Royal Academy of Music where she received LRAMs for teaching in both cello and piano, The Professional Certificate (Hons) and The Advanced Certificate for post graduate study. She also received a Principal's Discretionary Award for work she developed with children with disabilities.

On leaving The Royal Academy of Music, she started to work as a freelancer with various British Orchestras including The Halle and BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra. In 1989 she obtained a position in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra where she remained for ten years, being promoted to assistant principal cellist (number 3) after five years. She was also involved with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's educational programme, mainly working with children.

While in Glasgow, she gave regular recitals and played in the Allander Ensemble, a chamber group made up of principal members of the orchestra, and in the Paragon Ensemble which was dedicated to playing Contemporary Music. She played as soloist with various amateur and semi professional orchestras.

In 1999 Miranda moved to Portugal. She played regularly with Portuguese orchestras, in particular the Orquestra Nacional do Porto and the Remix Ensemble. She maintained a busy chamber music schedule particularly with the Jacob Quartet. With this string quartet she organised and participated in a cycle of concerts at the Rivoli Teatro Municipal do Porto dedicated to chamber music. She performed regularly with this group all over Portugal, notably at the Casa da Música. Apart from her work with the Jacob Quartet she performed with popular Portuguese jazz and fado artists such as Pedro Abrunhosa, Misia and Andre Sahbib and worked with various groups and ensembles as a freelancer.

She is a member of the Sábia String Quartet which has a successful following both in Portugal and also in Austria, where the quartet enjoys an annual concert tour.

Alongside performance, she has always enjoyed helping children and organised and participated in various educational projects for children in different Porto hospitals and with children with disabilities in their special school.

She had an intense cello and piano teaching schedule formally at Porto's German school and later at the music school Bando dos Gambozinos, at Oporto British School and at the new Escola de Rock da Academia de Artes "Jahas".