Mary Miller began her career as a concert violinist, before becoming Music Editor for Scotland’s national newspaper, a prominent broadcaster and festival programmer. She led new work at English National Opera before moving to the USA to direct the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, one of East Coast America’s most prestigious and comprehensive festivals.
Miller directed Stavanger2008, European Capital of Culture, Norway´s biggest ever cultural programme with over 1000 events and projects and a budget of 57m Euros. Stavanger2008 was described by the EU’s evaluators as ‘probably artistically the best ECOC ever’.
After designing culture and heritage programmes for a number of European cities, from 2010-21, she established and was General and Artistic Director of Bergen National Opera, now firmly established as one of Europe’s most innovative opera organisations, acclaimed for its productions, talent development, and work in the community. Her work has attracted numerous international awards.
She will lead the national celebrations for St Giles 900, 2024.
As a Fellow of Branford College, Yale University and active member of the European Cultural Parliament, she continues to work internationally as a writer, speaker and mentor on cultural policy.