A Neurosurgeon's Art

Music of Chopin, Granados, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Scarlatti, and Schumann

Clinton Frederick Miller, piano

Recorded at The Music Hall, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Recording Engineer: Christopher Greenleaf
Design: Mary McCarthy, Chelsea, Massachusetts
Cover photograph: Rich Beauchesne
Total playing time: 77:54


  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • Prelude in c-sharp minor, opus 3 No. 2
    • Prelude in G Major, opus 32 No. 5
  • Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, opus 17
  • Domenico Scarlatti
    • Sonata in a minor, Kk 175
    • Sonata in D Major, Kk 119
  • Enrique Granados: Danza No. 2, Andante ("Oriental"), from Danzas Españolas
  • Maurice Ravel
    • Alborada del Gracioso, from Miroirs
    • Jeux d'eau
  • Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in f minor, opus 52

About the Performer

Clinton Frederick Miller is a practicing neurosurgeon at HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, and Exeter Hospital on the New Hampshire Seacoast. He is Chief of Staff at HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital and a Director of Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1946, Miller's passion for music was evident early on with many childhood hours spent listening to his parents' collection of classical music recordings. He was particularly moved by Rachmaninoff's recording of his own Second Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This had a seminal influence on his desire for piano studies, which commenced at age seven with church organist Harrison Walker. Later he studied at the Wilmington Music School first with Winifred Jacobsen, then Donché Dikova. Madame Dikova, an expatriate Bulgarian concert pianist, introduced him to the school of pianism of the famed European pedagogue, Theodor Leschitizky.

At age 16, Miller made his formal concert debut performing the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He was twice a semi-finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra Young Artist Auditions, and several times winner of the piano competition at the University of Delaware Music Festival. As a Yale undergraduate, Miller studied in the Graduate School of music under Donald Currier, Professor of Piano, who became an important and enduring influence in his subsequent performance. Along with solo recital and chamber music performances at Yale, he sang in the Glee Club, Battell Chapel Choir, and Whiffenpoofs of 1968. During medical school at Duke University and neurosurgery residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, Miller predictably was unable to pursue performance actively. However, after becoming established in his early career as an academic neurosurgeon at LSU and Tulane University Medical Schools in New Orleans, he slowly resumed solo and chamber music performances. These included an appearance as guest pianist with the Tulane Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble, and two appearances as guest soloist with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra performing the Grieg Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff Fourth Piano Concerto.

Since moving to the New Hampshire Seacoast, Miller's performances have included a solo recital at Phillips Exeter Academy to benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Tri-State Operating Room Nurses Association and this recorded solo recital at The Music Hall to benefit its programming and restoration.

Miller lives in Greenland, New Hampshire, and Nantucket with his wife, Adele Ernst Wick, an economist / freelance editor, and their children, Douglas, Patrick, Charles, and Elizabeth.

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