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  BIOGRAPHY      
 

Mikel Urquiza (1988, Bilbao) studies composition first at Musikene (San Sebastian) with Gabriel Erkoreka and Ramon Lazkano, then at the CNSM in Paris with Gérard Pesson. In 2014 he follows the Royaumont Voix nouvelles program. In 2019 he is mentored by the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation. He is a fellow of the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici 2019-2020.

His chamber music is played widely around Europe : his piano trio Cinq pièges brefs is played among others by Meitar Ensemble in Tel-Aviv, by United Instruments of Lucilin in San Sebastian, by mdi ensemble in Milano and by Trio Talweg in Paris and Geneva ; his string quartet Indicio is premiered by Quatuor Diotima at the Festival Pontino in Italy, then played at the BBVA Foundation in Bilbao, Ensems Festival in Valencia, and Musikprotokoll in Graz.

 

He works with French ensembles such as C Barré and L'Instant Donné. Their delicate approach to new music allows him to explore introspective themes in Les lueurs se sont multipliées (commissioned by the French Ministry Culture), Serpientes y escaleras (serenata) (premiered at Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik), and I nalt be clode on the frolt (commissioned by Radio France). Outside of France, ensemble mosaik and Enno Poppe premiere his Opus vermiculatum at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, then play the piece at the Berlin Kulturbrauerei ; the New European Ensemble plays his pieces at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek and the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw.

Some of his solo pieces enjoy international performances, such as Belarretan, for guitar and electronics, played in France, Spain, Russia and the USA (MATA festival in New York), or his piano piece Contrapluma, which has travelled along the ECHO network — from BOZAR in Brussels to the Wiener Musikverein — and has been selected for the final round of the piano competitions Ferruccio Busoni and Concours International d’Orléans.

 
         
 
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Peter Eötvös Foundation
Royaumont
Villa Medici
 
           
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EVENTS
   
       
   
2020  
February
9

Songs of Spam

six voices and ensemble (premiere)

commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

Neue Vocalsolisten & C Barré / ECLAT Stuttgart

   
February
9

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / Festival Présences, Paris

   
February
15

Ex voto

saxophone, piano and percussion (premiere)

commissioned by Radio France

Trio Accanto / Festival Présences, Paris

   
February
15

Un lugar de Nueva Inglaterra en el que nunca he estado

accordion

Iñaki Alberdi / BBVA Foundation, Madrid

   
March
8

Songs of Spam

six voices and ensemble

commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

Neue Vocalsolisten & C Barré / Opéra de Marseille

   
March
21

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / KulturForum Kiel

   
March
29

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / Mostra Sonora Sueca

   
March
31

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / BBVA Foundation, Bilbao

   
April
22

Contrapluma, for piano

Les lueurs se sont multipliées, for ensemble

Luca Ieracitano, mdi ensemble

Villa Medici, Rome

   
April
23

Cinq pièges brefs

piano trio

ISCM World New Music Days, Auckland

   
May
5

Ex voto

saxophone, piano and percussion

commissioned by Radio France

Trio Accanto / BBVA Foundation, Bilbao

   
May
7

Mis monstruos marinos

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark (création)

Kursaal Auditorium, San Sebastian

   
May
8

Mis monstruos marinos

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark

Euskalduna Jauregia, Bilbao

   
May
11

Mis monstruos marinos

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark

Kursaal Auditorium, San Sebastian

   
May
12

Mis monstruos marinos

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark

Baluarte Auditorium, Pamplona

   
May
13

Mis monstruos marinos

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark

Principal Antzokia, Vitoria

   
May
16

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / Husum

   
   

 

 

 
WORKS
 
 


 
  Chamber music    
       
 

Cinq pièges brefs

piano trio - 2012

[vln, vc, pno]

Duration: 7'40

Première : DAI Contemporain, Paris

Manual de vuelo

del aeronauta inexperto

wind quintet - 2015

[fl, ob, cl, horn, bsn]

Duration: 6'

Première : Ensemble Intercontemporain Soloists, Paris

 
   
           
  Ensemble music        
           
 

Les lueurs se sont multipliées

septet - 2015

[fl, cl, perc, pno, vn, va, vc]

Duration: 12'

Comissioned by the Format Raisins Festival

Première : L'Instant Donné, La Charité-sur Loire

Opus vermiculatum

nonet - 2017

[fl, ob, cl, sax, perc, pno, vn, va, vc]

Duration: 12'

Comissioned by the CNDM

Première : mosaik ensemble & Enno Poppe

 
           
  Orchestra music        
           
 
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Las olas

string orchestra - 2017

[6.5.4.4.2]

Duration: 10'

Première:

Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire

cond. Peter-Jelle de Boer, Paris

 
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Ikusia ikusirik

orchestra - 2016

[3.3.3.3 - 4.3.3.1- 3perc - ac.cel.harp - strings]

Duration: 6'30

Première: Musikene Orchestra, cond. Arturo Tamayo, Saint Sebastian

 
           
  Solo music        
           
 
a

Belarretan

guitar and electronics - 2014

Duration: 6'

Première : Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete, Paris

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Contrapluma

piano - 2016

Duration: 6'

Commissioned by BOZAR & ECHO

Première : Mariam Batsashvili, Cologne

 
           
  Vocal music        
           
 
a

White nights

soprano and string quartet - 2014

Poems by Paul Auster

Duration: 11'

Voix nouvelles Royaumont

Première : Sarah Sun et Quatuor Diotima, Royaumont

a

I nalt be clode on the frolt

soprano & ensemble - 2018

[sopr, fl, ob, cl, hp, pno, perc, vl, va, vc]

Duration: 12'

Commissioned by Radio France

Première: Marion Tassou & L'Instant Donné

 
           
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