Heather Miller Lardin enjoys a diverse career performing and teaching on historical and modern double basses and viola da gamba. In Philadelphia she appears with Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, and nearby Brandywine Baroque. Other recent engagements have brought Heather to perform with the Staunton Music Festival, the Handel & Haydn Society, and the Dryden Ensemble. Lardin is the founder and director of Night Music, which performs chamber music of the Revolutionary and Romantic eras on instruments of the time.
Lardin directs the Temple University Early Music Ensemble, which includes viol and recorder consorts, voices, lutes, and Baroque ensembles; she also directs the annual Amherst Early Music Winter Weekend Workshop held each January in Old City Philadelphia and Camden. In summer 2016 she taught a week-long historical double bass course at the Amherst Baroque Academy and served as faculty at the Curtis Young Artists Summer Program. Lardin maintains a select private studio for Suzuki and traditional double bass and violone students. She is the recipient of a Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA) Consort Loan grant, with which she presents viol consort classes for children ages 5-9.
Lardin is the editor of the early bass feature "Rumblings" in Bass World, the journal of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) and regularly presents recitals and lectures at ISB conventions. From 2006 to 2013 Lardin was Artistic Director of the Ithaca-based period instrument ensemble NYS Baroque. Under her direction, the ensemble appeared at the Skaneateles Festival and developed an arts immersion program in which Ithaca High School students explored European culture through literature, music, dance, theater, gesture, and costume.
Heather Miller Lardin holds a DMA in Performance Practice from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music.