Canadian recorderist, hurdy gurdy player and singer, Tobie Miller grew up in Montreal and Vancouver, where she began her musical studies at the age of three (violin, piano). Later deciding to concentrate on early and traditional music, she studied flute and recorder at Marianopolis College (Montreal, 2000) and McGill University (B.Mus, 2004). As a recipient of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the J.B.C. Watkins award, she is currently completing an advanced studies diploma in medieval recorder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) with Corina Marti and Kathrin Bopp.
As co-founder and member of Ensemble La Rota, Tobie Miller has toured throughout North America and the U.K. Winners of the 2006 Early Music America Medieval/Renaissance Competition (N.Y.C.), the group specializes in the historical performance of medieval music using a musicological, creative and energetic approach. The Ensemble also won the 2004 Councours Galaxie / Montréal Baroque, and was a finalist in the 2004 York Early Music Network Young Artists Competition (U.K.). Their debut CD Heu Fortuna: music at the time of Philippe IV le bel was released on the ATMA Classique label in Fall 2007 and has in a short time received critical acclaim.
Recognized as one of the foremost hurdy gurdy players of her generation, she regularly performs Baroque music with the leading musicians in both Europe and North America, including Jordi Savall, Wieland Kujken, Matthias Loibner, Les Musiciens de Saint Julien, and La Bande Montréal Baroque. In addition to period performance on both Baroque and medieval hurdy gurdy, Tobie has appeared frequently in both traditional and modern music settings with Gilles Chabenant, Patrick Bouffard, Mystral, Skye Consort and the duo Miller-Romain.
Tobie Miller currently divides her time between Basel and Montréal. In addition to a busy performance career, she teaches regularly, giving classes on technique and performance practice for both recorder and hurdy gurdy at workshops and festivals including CAMMAC (since 2003), the Over the Water Hurdy Gurdy Festival (since 2005), and Les Journées de La Flûte à Bec (2006). In January 2008, she gave a course for Baroque hurdy gurdy at the Schola Cantorum in Basel together with renowned Austrian hurdy gurdy player, Matthias Loibner.