Dublin-born Miriam Roycroft studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Donald McCall. Upon graduation, she won the Muriel Taylor Cello Competition in London and was a prize winner in the Overseas League Competition in London. Further studies included a period in Banff, Canada with Aldo Parisot.
Miriam has performed as soloist with the RTÉ NSO and has played many of the major concerti for cello with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland. She has been a guest leader of the cello sections of the RTÉ CO, RTÉ NSO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC SSO, Sinfonia ViVa and the Northern Sinfonia and has also guest co-lead the cello sections of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC CO. She has performed at the Manchester Midday Series, the Kilkenny Arts Week, with John O’Conor at the NCH Dublin and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and also at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival with the American cellist, Steven Doane.
Miriam was a member of the Orchestra of Opera North in Leeds until September 2006 when she left to join the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin where she was Head of Strings between 2012 and 2015. Her solo, chamber, orchestral and educational commitments take her worldwide. She has given masterclasses in Poland, Finland, the USA, the UK and Ireland. Miriam is principal Cello of Camerata Ireland with whom she has toured extensively in China, North and South America and throughout Europe. She performs regularly at festivals and concert halls in Ireland and the UK and is on the Faculty of the Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire, USA. Miriam plays on a modern American cello by Grubaugh and Seifert which she commissioned in 2004.