Moscow Composers Orchestra

Vladimir Miller is the pianist, principal composer and musical director of the Moscow Composers Orchestra.

Vladimir Miller’s frequent visits to Moscow in the early 1990s and consequent close interaction with music producer Nikolai Dmitriev helped cement the forming of the Moscow Composers Orchestra (MCO), which he now directs. Since the debut CD ‘Kings and Cabbages’ released by Leo Records in March 1993 the MCO has experienced successful concert tours of Germany, Italy, Switzerland and others, including individual performances at ‘Tampere Jazz Happening’ in Finland, Koln Musik Triennale in Germany, Bolzano Jazz Festival in Italy, Vienna Russian Festival in Austria, Mimi Jazz Festival in France and as part of ‘Unsung Music’ at London’s South Bank. This last concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Impressions’ programme.

MCO have released seven CDs to critical acclaim. Scott Yanow, in Jazziz, wrote “shocking at first… but, as one becomes accustomed to the long tones and motional intensity, the music becomes magically coherent and logical.” In BBC Music Magazine Ian Carr described the MCO as “a highly successful venture in the improvised music area.”


Kings & Cabbages ‎LEO LAB CD 005 1994

“…magically coherent and logical” Scott Yanow, allmusic

Life At City Garden ‎U-Sound CD 95027 1995

 An Italian Love Affair ‎LEO LAB CD 019 1996

“This is an hour of engaging and sometimes truly astonishing music.” Thom Jurek, allmusic

The Gift ‎Long Arms Records CDLA 9708 1997

Let Peremsky Dream ‎LEO LAB CD 035 1997

“The standout here is the 35-minute “Brief Meditation” in which orchestra and vocalist are simply one and the same.” Thom Jurek, allmusic

Kharms-10 Incidents Long Arms Records CDLA 05019 2005

Portrait Of An Idealist ‎Leo Records CD LR 527 2008