April 6 to 13, 2020
British-Malaysian-Chinese-German cellist Miranda Soo Lan Harding is a versatile performer with wide experience as a soloist and chamber musician. Recitals and chamber concerts have so far led her to 17 countries - throughout Europe as well as the USA, South America and Southeast Asia - performing a vast repertoire ranging from mainstream works to lesser-known gems.
Born in England to British and Malaysian parents, she spent her childhood in Singapore and Australia. Aged 10, Miranda was awarded a place at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School of Music in England where she studied the cello with Melissa Phelps and William Pleeth, composition with Malcolm Singer as well as undergoing intensive training in chamber music with Sidney Griller and Peter Norris, and masterclasses with the Amadeus Quartet. Further studies took her to Germany, where her teachers were Karine Georgian at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, and Johannes Goritzki at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.
Between 2007 and 2013, Miranda was engaged as full-time cello soloist of the Danish Chamber Players (Storstrøms Kammerensemble), one of the foremost chamber ensembles in Denmark. As a member of the ensemble she performed extensively at major venues and festivals in Denmark and on Danish radio, and made numerous recordings. Other activities included premieres of works by composers such as Naji Hakim, Sören Niels Eichberg and Benjamin Yusupov, as well as collaborations with e.g. the Leipzig String Quartet and oboist Gordon Hunt.
From 2007 to 2010, she was a member of the Elessar Piano Trio with Ning Kam, violin, and Bobby Chen, piano, releasing the CD 'Acoustic Tango' of music by Astor Piazzolla. Since 2001, she has performed regularly as a duo with pianist Ng Chong Lim, and has toured with him in Europe and Southeast Asia giving recitals. She has also collaborated with pianists Anthony Hewitt, Natalia Troull and Jania Aubakirova, and violinist Franziska Hölscher.
As a guest soloist with the Villa-Lobos Chamber Players of New York between 1997 and 2000, Miranda played at numerous venues in New York including Merkin Hall. She has appeared as a soloist at the Purcell Room on London's South Bank, and performed Brahms' Sextet in G with Lord Yehudi Menuhin at St. James' Palace in London.
Miranda has worked with conductors such as Jonathan Stockhammer, Terje Mikkelsen, and Giordano Bellincampi. In addition to her extensive performing engagements, Miranda has been active as a teacher, giving masterclasses in Britain, Denmark and Malaysia. She has also made a number of arrangements for varied instrumental ensembles, which have been performed regularly as well as recorded on CD and radio.