“Live From My Living Room,” presented by Hoover Public Library seeks to connect musicians with music lovers in a digital space. This week they are presenting music by Miolina, a violin duo from New York.
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Violin duo Miolina (Mioi Takeda & Lynn Bechtold, violins) has been called “talented and dedicated” by Arts Birmingham, and described as displaying “aggressive and virtuosic prowess” with “brilliance of sound, technical mastery, and stunning expressivity” by I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.
A member of New Music USA’s Impact Cohort, Miolina has been attracting audiences since their inception in 2012. Mioi and Lynn are creating and shaping the violin duo repertoire of the 21st century. To date, Miolina has premiered dozens of violin duos. They have had successful shows in NYC at venues such as the National Opera Center, Tenri Cultural Institute, (le) Poisson Rouge, Spectrum, KGB Espionage Museum, Rockwood Music Hall, Gallery MC, Parsons School of Design, and The Morbid Anatomy Museum. They’ve also performed concerts around the U.S. and abroad in Birmingham, Chicago, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Malmö, Pensacola, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, Paris, and Tokyo.
Miolina has participated in festivals/residencies/series including Avaloch Farm, Birmingham New Music Festival, Composers Concordance, Concrete Timbre, C-Y Series, Electronic Music Midwest, Infuse Présente, NWEAMO, North/South Consonance, and Sonic Circuits. They are recipients of numerous grants including Adami, American-Scandinavian Foundation, Japan Foundation NY, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New Music USA, and New York Women Composers. As part of their outreach and educational programs, Miolina has performed at senior centers and soup kitchens, as well as working with students at The Alabama School for the Blind, The Juilliard School, Queens College, and Rutgers University.
Their debut album was released in 2018 on Composers Concordance Records/Naxos, and they can be heard on 2020’s ‘Le Passager,’ performing Jean-Baptiste Favory’s work UNISONO V, available on French label ACEL records. Upcoming albums include one with works by Alabama composers, as well as one featuring works by NYC composers.