Mira Benjamin is a Canadian violinist, researcher and new-music instigator. She specialises in performing new and experimental music, with a particular interest in commissioning and collaboration with composers. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Mira lived for ten years in Montréal, where she was a member of the Bozzini Quartet. Since 2014 she has resided in London, where she performs with ensembles such as Apartment House and Decibel.
Mira’s varied career has spanned many genres of musical practice, including work with electronics (CIRMMT, BEK Bergen, NOTAM); dance (Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Stopgap Dance Company, Marc Boivin); improvised music (with artists such as Radu Malfatti, John Tilbury, Angharad Davies, Christian Wolff, Michael Duch, and Michael Pisaro); film (David Lefeber, Angela Guyton, Nathalie Boujold); theatre (Théâtre Momentum, Amber Priestley); and world-leading bands (Radiohead, Goldfrapp, Justice). Her PhD research, as Duncan Druce Scholar in Music Performance at the University of Huddersfield (2014-2017), focussed on microtonality and tuning practice in string performance.
Since 2011, Mira has co-directed NU:NORD – a project-based music and performance network which instigates artistic exchanges and encourages community building between music creators from Canada, Norway & the UK. Through this initiative, she hopes to offer a foundation from which Canadian artists can reach out to artistic communities overseas, and provide a conduit through which UK & Norwegian artists can access Canada’s rich art culture.
Mira was the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, awarded annually to a Canadian musician in recognition of their contribution to the artistic life in Canada and internationally.
Embodiment, microtonality and pitch perception, string technique, epistemologies of practice, performance practice.