Miriam Ast is a German jazz singer, saxophonist, composer and teacher based in London.
She is a senior lecturer at Leeds College of Music and graduated with an MA with distinction in jazz singing from the Royal Academy of Music in July 2016. She was one of seven selected semi-finalists in the Shure Montreux Jazz Festival Voice Competition in Switzerland last year performing with some of the world's most talented jazz singers.
In May 2017, she received the Best Vocalist Prize with her duo together with Spanish pianist Victor Gutierrez at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition. They recorded their first album ‘Secret Songs’ in August 2017 and did a successful Kickstarter campaign for the release of their debut album in 2018.
Miriam also leads a quintet with some of the most promising upcoming musicians from the London jazz scene with whom she performs her original compositions. Her music is inspired by folk, free improvisation and modern jazz.
Miriam has been a member of the acclaimed London Vocal Project under direction of Pete Churchill since 2015 and had the chance to perform with the vocal group at the EFG London Jazz Festival, Cambridge Jazz Festival as well as Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Vortex Jazz Club and the 606 Club in London. With the vocal group she was part of the Miles Ahead project, a vocal adaptation of the famous instrumental album by Gil Evans in collaboration with the famous scat singer Jon Hendricks. In February 2017 they performed the world-premiere at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan, New York in Jon's presence.
Whilst living in Germany, Miriam graduated with a Bachelors in jazz saxophone and singing from the conservatoire in Mainz and was a member of the prestigious German National Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO) from 2012-2013. She was lucky to perform with established musicians on the German jazz scene such as the bass player Vitold Rek, echo jazz awardee Sebastian Sternal, pianist Peter Reiter and saxophonist Gerd Dudek. Miriam is also a featured singer with the German band Klezmers Techter.