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Miriam Butler profile

Clarinet was Miriam’s first instrument but after discovering the bassoon in her mid teens she has never looked back. After completing studies in architecture at the University of Tasmania she was awarded a Bachelor of Music from the University of Sydney.

In 1998 Miriam received a Queens Trust scholarship and studied the bassoon in Germany and Italy. She was awarded a Diploma of Music in 2001 from the Conservatorium of Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.

Richard Lambert has composed two works for Miriam: Humoresque, Op.33 for solo bassoon in 2008 and Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op 36 in 2012.


Miriam has worked with the Sydney, Adelaide and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Munich Symphony, Mannheim State Theatre Orchestra, Würzburg State Theatre Orchestra, Wroclaw Opera in Poland, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Wuhan Philharmonic in China.

Recently she has enjoyed touring China with the indigenous Australian group ‘The Black Arm Band’ and working with Camerata and the Southern Cross Soloists. She particularly enjoys collaborating with artists from diverse backgrounds, including jazz and world music.

For over 15 years she has taught piano and bassoon and more recently the mini-bassoon. As a tutor she has mentored students in the Adelaide and Cyprus Youth Orchestras. She enjoys encouraging young musicians in all aspects of music making, from solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire. 

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