Miriama Young is a true visionary, known for her extraordinary musical talents and diverse artistic pursuits. As a dual-national New Zealand/Australian composer, sound artist, and educator, she is based at the prestigious University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. With an impressive range of accomplishments, she has been hailed by The Herald Scotland as a "Renaissance woman" whose work defies genre distinctions.
Miriama's compositions span an eclectic array of mediums, including vocal, instrumental, and orchestral concert works, film scores, interactive sound for dance, electro-acoustic and radiophonic work, and installations with live electronics. Her art is grounded in themes of ecology and loss in the Anthropocene, and her creative pursuits are driven by an unyielding desire to reach for the mysterious and sublime.
Over the years, Miriama has received numerous awards and accolades for her exceptional work. Her music has been performed by ensembles across the globe, from Norway to New Zealand, including the Sydney Symphony, Scottish Opera, So Percussion, Syzygy Ensemble, NZTrio, and pianists Aura Go, Xenia Pestova, and Rolf Hind. She has won awards at film festivals worldwide for her film scores, while her installations have been showcased at Vivid Sydney. Additionally, her radio work on National Public Radio (USA), ABC (Australia), and Radio New Zealand has captivated audiences around the world.
Miriama's scholarly work is equally impressive, exploring the intricate relationship between the human voice and recording technology. Her monograph on this subject, Singing the Body Electric: The Human Voice and Sound Technology, is listed in the Times Higher Education Best Books 2015, while chapters and articles on the theme have been published in the Oxford Handbook of Voices Studies, Leonardo Music Journal, and Contemporary Music Review.
Miriama represented New Zealand at the International World Music Days Festival and is represented by SOUNZ and the Australian Music Centre. As a Fulbright scholar, she earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons) degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī, and her MFA and PhD from Princeton University. In 2023, Young's latest album will be released on ABC Classics, adding to her impressive collection of musical works. With her unparalleled talent, breadth of knowledge, and dedication to her craft, Miriama Young is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and innovative artists of our time.