Cellist Eliza Millett has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a number of UK and international venues and festivals such as Wigmore Hall, Musikverein, Philharmonie de Paris, IMS Prussia Cove, Mendelssohn on Mull, Aix-en-Provence and St. John’s Smith Square. She is a Countess of Munster Trust Debut Scheme winner (2022), a yeoman for the Worshipful Company of Musicians, an artist for City Music Foundation, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio (Canada) and NPR (Virginia, US). She performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of St John’s for BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions (2016), is the winner of the Cello Sonata Prize at the RAM (2018), and gave her solo debut at the Lake District International Summer Festival (2019) collaborating with pianist Melvyn Tan. Eliza is a graduate of the University of Oxford and of the Royal Academy of Music (London) where she studied with John Myerscough.
As an active chamber musician, Eliza is the cellist of the Kleio Quartet, Trio Cordiera (piano) and a founding member of Trio Kurtág (strings). She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist 2023 with both her string quartet and piano trio. Eliza was a founding member of the award-winning Echea Quartet, chamber music fellows of the Royal College and Academy of Music and winners of the 2021 Royal Overseas-League Chamber Music Competition. The quartet appeared at international festivals in Argentina, Aix-en-Provence, Ireland and the Banff Centre (Canada) and won the ‘Tremplin’ award at the 2020 Philharmonie de Paris’ String Quartet Biennial. Eliza performs regularly with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Sinfonia of London, BBC and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras.
As well as her performance engagements, Eliza is committed to artistic programming. She is the co-director of Smorgaschord, an arts festival based in Oxford with new music at its heart, whose mission is to explore unexpected connections between musical and literary cultures, both local and global. It is composed of a small and flexible group of artists who come together each year to explore, define and communicate a new artistic vision. Highlights of Smorgaschord 2022 Festival featured performances by Mark Padmore and Hindustani music by dhrupadhamār.