A member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988, Mr. Miland enjoys a much acclaimed career as a soloist, chamber & 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. He has collaborated as a soloist in concert with 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 Conte, David Carlson, Shinji Eshima, Jake Heggie, Andrew Imbrie, Lou Harrison, Richard Hervig, James Meredith and Dwight Okamura. His recordings include David Carlson’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Utah Symphony on New World Records and the Sonata for Cello and Piano with pianist, David Korevaar on MSR Records. 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 appears in the 2012 documentary, “Lou Harrison: A World of Music” by Eva Soltes.
In December of 2012, Mr. Miland joined the Sonos Ensemble as soloist on their 9 city tour of Japan and has accompanied them on tours throughout the United States. In 2013, he made his Paris debut under the auspices of the European American Musical Alliance. Upcoming recordings scheduled for release in 2015 include David Conte’s CD of chamber music for Albany Records. He will be heard playing Conte’s Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (written for Mr. Miland) with Miles Graber and Piano Trio with San Francisco Opera Concertmaster, Kay Stern and Keisuke Nakagoshi. He will also be heard on an album of American chamber music with soprano, Ann Moss and pianist, Steven Bailey on Angel Share Records. This recording will include the premiere of Liam Wade’s “Full Fathom Five” and music by Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell. In December of 2015, Miland performs Jake Heggie’s ” The Work at Hand” with Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and pianist Robert Mollicone on her San Francisco recital, presented by SF Performances. In January of 2016 he performs chamber music with flutist Julie McKenzie and pianist Marc Shapiro on the island of Kauai and in April will tour to Australia to perform with renowned violinist, Wilma Smith. He currently performs as a member of the Lowell Trio with oboist Janet Archibald and pianist Margaret Fondbertasse. He resides in Pacifica with his terrier, Diller.