American violinist Mia Detwiler has performed in numerous venues throughout the U.S. and abroad including recent performances in Carnegie Hall, at the National Museum in Bogotá, Colombia, and in the Opera Hall in Tirana Albania. While comfortable and well-versed in traditional violin repertoire, Detwiler is an enthusiastic advocate for contemporary music. Her energetic performances of demanding new works offer 21st century audiences a sampling of music of their own time. Deeply passionate about working directly with living composers, she is hopeful for a paradigm shift that would bring the music of the 21st century to the forefront of classical-concert music. Her most recent performances have included works by Donatoni, Sciarrino, Berio, Schnittke, Webern, Ligeti, Kurtag, Murail, Pärt, Xenakis, and Messiaen. In 2016, she gave the consortium premiere of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’ Xochiquetzal: Chamber Concerto for Violin & Percussion Sextet as soloist with the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble.
Detwiler performs chamber music with the University of North Texas’ NOVA Ensemble, Amorsima Trio, ensemble75, Sounds Modern, and the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. She has also served as concertmaster of the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the University of North Texas Festival Orchestra, the Unity Orchestra, and the Arizona State University Orchestra, and was a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
A dedicated teacher, Detwiler serves as Violin Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas where she maintains a studio of private violin students and coaches chamber music ensembles. She also teaches at Tarleton State University as Adjunct Professor of Strings and is a faculty member at the Coppell Conservatory in Coppell, Texas. Additionally, she has taught for the non-profit String Project at Arizona State University as well as for the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra scholarship program.
Mia Detwiler graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Corinne Stillwell. She went on to attend Arizona State University with a full tuition scholarship where she received her Master of Music under the tutelage of Katie McLin. She has performed in masterclasses for Irvine Arditti, Eighth Blackbird, Joseph Lin, Frank Almond, and the Brentano String Quartet, among others. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts with a related field in contemporary music performance as a student of Felix Olschofka at the University of North Texas.