Dublin-born Miriam Roycroft studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Donald McCall and Ralph Kirshbaum. Upon graduation, she won the Muriel Taylor Cello Competition in London. Further studies included a period in Banff, Canada with Aldo Parisot.
Miriam has performed as soloist with the RTÉ NSO and has played many of the major concerti for cello with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland. She has been a guest leader of the cello sections of the RTÉ CO, RTÉ NSO, BBC NOW, the BBC SSO and the Northern Sinfonia and has also guest co-lead the cello sections of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC CO. She has performed at the Manchester Midday Series, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Curtis Auditorium, Cork, the Kilkenny Arts Week, Great Music in Irish Houses, and is a frequent performer at the National Concert Hall in Dublin where recent performances have included performances as part of ‘the Gathering’ Chamber Music Day and with John O’Conor. During 2017-19, Miriam and pianist Lance Coburn are performing the entire compositions for cello and piano by Martinů at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery. They are also performing in the ‘Female Composer Series’ at the NCH, Dublin, in April 2019.
In September 2006 Miriam joined the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin where she was Head of Strings between 2012 and 2015. Her solo, chamber, orchestral and educational commitments now take her worldwide. She has performed and given cello and chamber music masterclasses in the USA, China, Poland, Spain, Finland, Ireland, the UK, and she also founded ‘Leeds Cello Masterclasses’ in July 2016. In 2018 Miriam was invited to give cello masterclasses for the London Cello Society and the Oxford Cello School. Miriam is Principal Cello of Camerata Ireland with whom she has toured extensively in China, India, North and South America and throughout Europe. She performs regularly at festivals and concert halls in Ireland, Europe and the UK and is on the Faculty of the Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire, USA.
Miriam plays on a modern American cello by Grubaugh and Seifert which she commissioned in 2004.
Since winning 1st prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance Coburn has established himself as a charismatic performer with an exceptional facility. He has performed with most of the major Australian orchestras including the Sydney Symphony and many international symphony orchestras including the RTE NSO and WDR Rundfunkkorchester Köln.
Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with the school’s highest honours. He furthered his studies in the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. During his studies, Lance was the recipient of numerous first prizes, including the inaugural Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the Australian Young Performers’ Award, the David Paul Landa Scholarship and the Hephzibah Menuhin Scholarship.
Lance’s reputation as a chamber musician has grown in recent years. He regularly plays with Irelands’ leading chamber musicians and has performed, as both a soloist and chamber musician, in many notable festivals. Highlights include The Beethoven International Festival in Bonn, The Dublin International Piano Festival and The Great Music in Irish Houses Festival. He recently collaborated on a critically acclaimed CD collection of Esposito Sonatas with violinist Mia Cooper and cellist William Butt.
Frequently adjudicating in Irish music festivals, Lance also gives masterclasses internationally. He is a piano lecturer in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Lance is a Blüthner Artist.