A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mira Armij Gill is of East-Indian descent. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she had the privilege of completing her Bachelorís degree as one of three students of the late John Browning, and received her Masterís degree with Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, Ms. Gill won the Artistís International Young Artist Piano Award which resulted in her New York debut at Carnegie Hallís Weill Recital Hall.
She has won numerous prizes, including First Place in the Jefferson Symphony Concerto Auditions in Golden, Colorado, and First Place in the Utah Symphony Guild Competition held in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the youngest of three Grand Prize Winners in the Midland-Odessa National Concerto Auditions in Odessa, Texas. She also was awarded First Place in the Kawai America National Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah; and the Arlette Day Piano Competition in Murray, Utah. Ms. Gill won Second Place in the Joanna Hodges International Brahms Competition held in Palm Desert, California.
Ms. Gill was a featured soloist with the Utah Symphony under the baton of Maestro Joseph Silverstein. Her playing of Lisztís First Piano Concerto in E Flat Major was reviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune and described as "a bravura performance with confidence and flair". Also to her credit were her solo performances with the Midland-Odessa Symphony in both Midland and Odessa, Texas. Other soloist engagements include the Jefferson Symphony in Golden, Colorado; the Murray Symphony in Murray, Utah; the Oberlin Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in Oberlin, Ohio; the Brigham Young University Chamber Orchestra Salt Lake City, Utah. Some of her performances have been broadcast live over KSL Radio, as well as KBYU Radio, and she was featured on KSL Television.
She has performed in Lincoln Centerís Alice Tully Hall in its "Wednesdays at One" series for piano music, the Weiner Saal Concert Hall in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Mozarteumís concert series in Radstadt, Austria. She annually gave concerts in the Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Steinway Hall in New York City. Ms. Gill has attended the Gnessin Instituteís Summer Festival in Moscow, Russia; the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria; and Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Ms. Katja Rausch of Le Jeudi, a newspaper from the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg wrote: "Her playing is spectacular, poetic and so inspiring", following her debut CD launch concert at Steinway Hall in New York. Soon after, her CD was reviewed by famed pianist, Cyprien Katsaris: "She has a remarkable technique and, more important, a genuine musical feeling".
Consul General of India, Hon. Pramathesh Rath invited Ms. Gill to give the first piano recital ever presented at the Consulate General of India in New York. This recital was to celebrate his appointment as Ambassador to Argentina, and to welcome his successor Hon. Mrs. Neelam Deo. In the audience were other dignitaries including Mr. Rabindra Nath Panda, Consul for Education and Culture, as well as the Indian business community. Ms. Gill received media attention from local newspaper Desi Talk and was a featured cover story in the national magazine The Urban Indian.
As a former student of the late pianist John Browning, Ms. Gill contributed to the making of a documentary entitled "Memories of John Browning, the Lhevinne Legacy Continues", produced and directed by Ms. Salome Ramras Arkatov. During her interview and special feature in the film, Ms. Gill discusses the Browning/Lhevinne approach to Russian technique. Excerpts from her CD serve to demonstrate his tremendous influence on her paying and teaching. Other contributors to the documentary include Leonard Slatkin, conductor and music director of the National Symphony Orchestra; David Dubal, pianist and broadcaster on WQXR, and Steven Mayer, pianist.
Particularly eager to use her musical gifts for a greater good, Ms. Gill has given recitals to raise funds for causes such as Habitat for Humanity's "Operation Home Delivery" for hurricane relief; Project India in their collaboration with the Brooklyn Hospital Medical Center and FranÁois-Xavier Bagnoud USA in their quest to increase awareness and raise funds to combat HIV/AIDS in India; and the Pan-Mass Challenge Benefit Concert for the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute.
Fall 2012 events include a private concert for the Bi-annual Gala organized by the Luxembourg-American Chamber of Commerce in New York in the presence of H.R.H. Prince Fťlix of Luxembourg to be held at the University Club in New York; and a benefit concert for SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action), the only non-sectarian comprehensive youth organization, dedicated to create social change and opportunities for low-income South Asian youth, to be held at WMP Concert Hall, New York.
Ms. Gill resides in New York. After twelve years on the Piano Faculty of Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan, she has recently established a Piano Program at SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action) based in Elmhurst, New York, where she serves as Resident Teaching Artist. In addition, Ms. Gill maintains a busy private studio.