Rodney Miller was designated a "Master Fiddler" in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums.
In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company, performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and was recorded on the album Songs and Sounds of the Sea for the National Geographic Society.
Rodney’s most recent recording Spyglass: Waltzes, recorded with Elvie Miller on accordion and piano, has already been described as "Reiki for the World."
Rodney Miller began his career in violin making in 1972 as an apprentice to Jacob Doriath in the small town of Oblarn, Austria. He continued his training in the U.S. as student of Karl Roy, director of the Mittenwald, Germany school of violin making, at the University of New Hampshire Summer Violin Making Institute. Rodney has also trained with physicist Carleen Hutchins, a pioneer of violin acoustical theories, and he has participated in the advanced violin makers’ workshops at Oberlin College.
Since 1990, Rodney has been employed by Stamell Stringed Instruments, producing violins, violas and cellos from North American and European tonewoods. His instruments are acclaimed for their smooth, deeply resonant quality. Meticulously crafted, many of Rodney’s instruments exhibit the ornate inlay of the 17th century Italian Brescian style.