Allan Miller has been called “The finest maker of documentary films on music in the U.S.” by the New York Times.
He has produced and directed over 35 films and television programs around the world. He has won two Academy Awards: best Feature Length Documentary for his 1979 film From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China and best short feature in 1975 with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for The Bolero. Small Wonders, the story of a violin program in the public schools of East Harlem, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996 and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep. In 2001 he directed The Turandot Project, a documentary about the making of the Puccini opera in Beijing under conductor Zubin Mehta and staged by legendary Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou.
In 2010 he directed You Cannot Start Without Me, a film about conductor Valerie Gergiev, following his rehearsals and performances in Russia, the UK, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 2012 he directed I Sing Beijing, a film about young western opera singers in China learning to perform in Mandarin. His most recent film, Speak the Music, explores the life of Robert Mann and his fifty-one years as founding first violinist of the acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet.