At age two Miriam Liske-Doorandish politely demanded her first cello and began lessons with her mother, Lisa Liske-Doorandish. She has since worked with Jonathan Kramer, Hans Jensen, Bartholomew LaFollette, Amir Eldan and Paul Watkins.
Raised in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Miriam is motivated by a love of collaboration which has led her into traditional chamber settings as well as traditional fiddling sessions. As cellist of the exploratory ensemble Trio Ondata, Miriam was a Silver Medalist at the 2022 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and winner of the 2022 Yale School of Music Chamber Competition. Begun in Oberlin in 2015, her duo partnership with trad fiddler Adam Work has enabled travels in Europe and performances on the East and West Coasts under the name Turtle Crossing. Miriam has also appeared at festivals such as Norfolk New Music, IMS Prussia Cove, Kneisel Hall, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Orford Music, Methow Valley Chamber Festival, Musique à Marsac, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. She has had the honor of working with members of the Juilliard, Emerson, Brentano, Kronos, Orion, Cavani, St. Lawrence, Aizuri, Doric, Pacifica, Thalea, and Chiaroscuro quartets.
Formerly a teacher for New Haven’s Music in Schools Initiative, Miriam maintains a private cello studio, teaches at the Stamford Music and Arts Academy, bakes excessive desserts, and explores the outside world whenever possible. Miriam is committed to arts advocacy and community organizing. She plays an unusual willow-back Rocca model cello (2019) by Maryland-based luthier Howard Needham.