Episode 2: violist Jamie Miles and pianist Karl Chiu

L-R: Violist Jamie Miles and pianist Karl Chiu. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Episode 2 of Season 1 of The Talent 2022 is next Tuesday! Performing on the programme next week is violist Jamie Miles and pianist Karl Chiu. You’ll hear them perform live to air a fantastic programme spanning from Liszt to Bach, Tchaikovsky to Frank Bridge, and then receive immediate feedback on air from professional industry mentors.

Want to listen? Make sure to tune in every Tuesday night at 7pm to 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne. You can also stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au or catch up later on our podcast! Just search for “The Talent 3MBS in your favourite podcast app and subscribe.

Scroll down to find out more about Jamie and Karl, and more details about what they’ll be performing.


Violist Jamie Miles

Violist Jamie Miles.
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

17-year-old Violist Jamie Miles is a Year 12 student at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, where he has studied with Chris Cartlidge, Gabrielle Halloran and Lisa Grosman. He was awarded his ‘Licentiate Diploma in Music, Australia’ with Distinction (LMusA) in December 2020, aged 15, and was awarded the Australian String Teachers Association (AUSTA) Viola Award for his examination. He has won major prizes as a soloist, chamber musician and composer. Highlights include first prizes in the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival Competition, Boorondara Eisteddfod, Monash Youth Music Festival, Musica Viva Lockdown Legends, and The Australian Guild of Music’s UNLOCK’D composition competition, Jamie has been mentored by the Australian Chamber Orchestra as a member of their academy program. He is the founding violist in the award-winning Eureka Quartet, and has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2020. Jamie appears regularly on 3MBS, featuring in shows such as Morning Recital, Music in Melbourne and the Musicmakers podcast series. Jamie plays a 2005 Richard Panting Viola generously loaned from the Athenaeum Club to VCASS and a Noel Burke bow, originally made for Grammy-award-winning British Violist Lawrence Power.

Jamie will perform:

  • J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011 (Prelude)
  • Brahms: Viola Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major Op. 120 (Mvt 2)
  • Frank Bridge: Allegro appassionato, H. 82

Pianist Karl Chiu

Pianist Karl Chiu
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Karl completed his Bachelor of Music degree at Monash University in 2021. During his University studies, he learned piano with Mikhail Solovei, Anthony Halliday and currently studying with Tomoe Kawabata. Karl had experience in participating at Monash University piano showcase. He loves the lyrical melodic phrasings in Romantic pieces that were composed by Chopin and Liszt especially, as the atmosphere and characteristics of these pieces reflect Karl’s aspirations to deliver the joy of music and to further connect with audiences.

Further, given the current situation of the pandemic, presenting Romantic period piano works can reach listeners who are interested in this genre without the need to attend physical concerts which is beneficial to the health and wellbeing of listeners. Therefore, Karl would love to share what he enjoys playing with others, just like how his previous and current teachers shared their passion with him, where the music community can continuously grow and strive.

Karl will perform:

  • Liszt: Un Sospiro
  • Tchaikovsky: “May” from The Seasons

Tune in to The Talent every Tuesday night at 7pm to 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne. You can also stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au or catch up later on our podcast! Just search for “The Talent 3MBS in your favourite podcast app and subscribe.

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