Born in Seattle, WA., Miles Jefferson Friday is currently pursuing a DMA in music composition at Cornell University where he studies primarily with Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri and Kevin Ernste. Miles holds a MA in composition from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Oliver Schneller and conducted his graduate research under Robert D. Morris and also holds a BM from the Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music.
Miles has won numerous awards and honors including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Wayne Brewster Barlow Prize, the Kuttner String Quartet Composition Competition, and the Robert Avalon Young Composer Competition. Miles has also spent additional time studying at festivals such as IRCAM’s Manifeste Academie, the Grafenegg (Ink Still Wet) Festival, June in Buffalo, the Splice Institute, and the Red Note Music Festival. In 2019 Miles was a guest artist at the Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium and in 2017 had a sound installation premiered at the SinusTon Festival. Miles has worked with and had his music played by prominent ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Dal Niente, TAK ensemble, the Momenta String Quartet, the Fifth House Ensemble, and many others.
Miles has also held graduate teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music as the instructor for ‘Notation & Calligraphy’ and ‘the Basics of Orchestration’, was a staff member and lab instructor the Eastman Audio Research Studios (EARS), and taught a comprehensive summer music course in the University of Rochester Pre-College Division.
Miles’ musical interests currently involve integrations of computer programing, technology, deconstruction, improvisation, and performativity with timbral morphology and notational exactitude.