Having always been fascinated by early music, Miriam taught herself the traverso alongside her modern flute studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She was originally mentored by the harpsichord & organ tutor, David Adams and went on to take lessons on historical flutes with Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown in London, aided by the Arts Council Travel and Training Award. Since then she has performed with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Collegium Marianum, Ex Cathedra, Camerata Kilkenny and Ensemble Marsyas, collaborating with artists such as Wilbert Hazelzet, Philippe Herreweghe, Mark Padmore and Jana Semeradova. She has appeared at the Sligo and East Cork early music festivals and took part in several Bach Cantata projects as a Britten-Pears Young Artist. She also spent two weeks in Toronto as a scholarship participant of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, working with members of Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier and Claire Guimond. Together with recorder player, Fionnuala MacMahon, Miriam enjoys exploring original flute and recorder repertoire as well as devising new transcriptions of early-baroque vocal and instrumental music for their duo.
Miriam struggles to commit exclusively to historical performance, as she's passionate about a wide variety styles and settings. She has performed concertos with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the Esker Festival Orchestra, among others. As a freelance orchestral player she regularly works with both the RTÉ orchestras and Irish National Opera. She has appeared at the Killaloe and Westport chamber music festivals, founded the Westland Wind Quintet and recorded as guest with the Crash Ensemble and Vanbrugh Quartet. She is a member of the experimental new-music group, Kirkos Ensemble, and has brought contemporary Irish music to audiences in Ireland, UK, New York and Beijing.
Graduating from the RIAM in 2016, Miriam was a pupil of William Dowdall (flute) and Patricia Morris (piccolo). She complemented her studies through classes with Michael Cox, William Bennett, Peter-Lukas Graf, Lorna McGhee and Felix Renggli as well as spending a semester at the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. She was the Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year 2015 and is grateful for the support of the Arts Council, Music Network Capital Scheme, South Dublin County Council, Flax Trust, RDS, Tom and Ann Jago and Bill Dowdall. When not preoccupied with music, Miriam works as a freelance portrait photographer and loves cross-country horse riding.