Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1971, Jonathan Miller held appointments as principal cellist of the Juilliard, Hartford, and San Diego symphonies. In addition, as a winner of the Jeunesses Musicales auditions, he was awarded a Carnegie Recital Hall debut.A protégé of Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio, Miller also sought out the great pedagogues of different schools: Garbousova, Rose, Shapiro, and Lustgarten; and played in the master classes of Piatigorsky, Fournier, Rostropovich, and Casals.
Miller is founder and artistic director of the Boston Artists Ensemble. Created in 1980, the group presented in its first year 20 live concerts at WGBH in Boston, which were simultaneously broadcast nation-wide. He is a founding member of the Gramercy Trio, which has premiered many new works in addition to receiving critical acclaim for its outstanding performances of standard repertoire.
Miller has recorded the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas with Randall Hodgkinson for Centaur Records, and has recorded chamber music for Naxos, and Newport Classics.
Miller has performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, Hartford Symphony, Newton, and North Shore, and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras of Boston. In 1990, and1996, at the invitation of Rostropovich, he was a soloist at the American Cello Congress Millerperforms on the Paganini-Piatti Goffriller cello made in Venice in 1700.