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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 widely performed in Europe : his piano trio Cinq pièges brefs is played, among others, by Meitar Ensemble, the New European Ensemble, United Instruments of Lucilin and mdi ensemble ; Pièges de neige, premiered by Trio Catch at Cologne Philharmonie is then performed in Berlin, Hamburg and the Maison de la Radio in Paris. Diotima Quartet plays Indicio at the Festival Pontino in Italy, the BBVA Foundation in Bilbao, Ensems Festival in Valencia, and Musikprotokoll in Graz.

 

He collaborates with French ensembles such as C Barré, L'Instant Donné and the Ensemble Intercontemporain ; in Germany, he works with Trio Accanto, ascolta, mosaik ensemble and Musikfabrik. His music is performed as well at Présences Festival, ECLAT Festival, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, MATA New York and the Gaudeamus Muziekweek.

He writes several song cycles, such as Alfabet, for Sarah Maria Sun, I nalt be clode on the frolt, for Marion Tassou, or Songs of Spam, for the Neue Vocalsolisten.

His piano piece Contrapluma has travelled along the ECHO network — from Amsterdam Concertgebouw to the Wiener Musikverein — and has been in the selection of piano competitions Ferruccio Busoni and Concours International d’Orléans.

 
         
 
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EVENTS
   
       
   
2020  
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
10

Pièges de neige III, IV, V

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / Acht Brücken, Cologne

   
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

   
June
3

Alfabet

on poems by Inger Christensen

Sarah Maria Sun & Musikfabrik

ManiFeste, Paris

   
June
20

Lavorare stanca

for ensemble (premiere)

C Barré / ManiFeste, Paris

   

 

 

 
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

a

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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