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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
   
     
 
Past events
 
2019
 
November
3

Atelier de Giacometti

flûte et piano

Olech & Mazari / Flautissimo, Rome



October
31

Belarretan

guitare et électronique

Pierpaolo Dinapoli / Villa Medici, Rome



October
9

Cinq pièges brefs

piano trio

B3: Brouwer Trio / San Sebastian



September
27

Ikusia ikusirik

Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa & Jordi Francés

Campos Eliseos Theater, Bilbao



September
21

Atelier de Giacometti

flute and piano (premiere)

Olech & Mazari / Musique aux Mirabelles



September
1

Contrapluma

for piano

Giorgi Gigashvili

Busoni Piano Competition (Bolzano)



August
31

Elurretan

plucked string trio

C Barré / Ithaca College (USA)



July
16

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / Ohrknacker, Resonanzraum Hamburg



July
15

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / Ohrknacker, Radialsystem Berlin



July
7

Elurretan

plucked string trio

C Barré / Argenteuil



June
26

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / Humboldtsaal Freiburg



June
26

Cinq pièges brefs

piano trio

Meitar Ensemble / Tel Aviv



June
23

The wind that blows

for three musiciens (premiere)

L'imaginaire / Strasbourg

   
May
23

Ouverture française

for accordion

Samuele Telari / Accademia Filarmonica Romana



May
15

Cinq pièges brefs

piano trio

mdi ensemble / XIII Síntese, Portugal



May
12

Alfabet, on poems by Inger Christensen

for soprano, trumpet, clarinet and percussion

Sun, Blaauw, Rosman, Rothbrust

Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik

co-commissioned with Cumulus



April
13

Respirare l'ombra

for three percussion players (première)

Danubia Orchestra / BMC



April
8

Contrapluma

for piano

Brigitte Helbig / Munich



February
27

Monte Altissimo

for string orchestra (première)

Danubia Orchestra / BMC



February
19

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio (première)

Trio Catch / Kölner Philharmonie



February
10

Sex doll deluxe

for trp / trb / pno / perc / guit / cello (première)

ensemble ascolta / ECLAT Stuttgart



2018
 
November
15

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Trio Talweg / Conservatoire de Nantes



November
3

Belarretan, for guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete / Vitoria



October
16

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

mdi ensemble / Milan



October
13

Contrapluma, for piano

Gilles Grimaître / Schloss Heiligenberg



October
6

Contrapluma, for piano

Matthieu Acar / Nuit blanche de Paris



August
25

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

United instruments of Lucilin

San Sebastian Musical Fortnight



August
21

Cinco sólidos perfectos y una mariposa,

piano quintet (première)

Cosmos Quartet and Noelia Rodiles

San Sebastian Musical Fortnight



June
17

Opus latericium

for flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano (première)

Ensemble L'imaginaire / Strasbourg



June
3

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Trio Talweg / Musique à la Ferme



May
25

Elurrretan, plucked string trio

C Barré / Eyragues



May
14 - 19

I nalt be clode on the frolt

for soprano and ensemble (broadcasting)

L'Instant Donné / France musique



May
1

Un lugar de Nueva Inglaterra

en el que nunca he estado,

for microtonal accordion

Iñaki Alberdi / Klingenthal



April
17

I nalt be clode on the frolt

for soprano and ensemble (recording)

Marion Tassou & L'Instant Donné



April
8

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Ensemble N / Vienna



April
4

Un lugar de Nueva Inglaterra

en el que nunca he estado,

for microtonal accordion (première)

Iñaki Alberdi / Fundación Juan March, Madrid



March
22

Elurretan, plucked string trio

Ensemble C Barré / Toulon



March
1

Les lueurs se sont multipliées, for ensemble

New European Ensemble / Amsterdam



February
24

Elurretan, plucked string trio

C Barré Ensemble / Puyloubier



February
22

Opus vermiculatum, for ensemble

ensemble mosaik & Enno Poppe / Berlin



February
20

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Trio Talweg / Pully



January
14

Ouverture française, for accordion

Vincent Lhermet / Mexico



2017
 
December
3 - 9

Artist residence

Ensemble L'imaginaire / Royaumont Abbey



October
18, 25

Esquisses d'échecs , for accordion

Mateja Zenzerovic (Ciklus ensemble)



October
26 - 28

Esquisses d'échecs , for accordion

Mateja Zenzerovic (Ciklus ensemble)



October
17

Esquisses d'échecs , for accordion

Mateja Zenzerovic / BKA Theater, Berlin



October
11

More sweetly forgot

on poems by Sappho/Carson (première)

Sarah Sun & C Barré / Nicosia



October
7

Indicio, string quartet

Quatuor Diotima / Musikprotokoll, Graz



October
6

Las olas, for string orchestra (première)

OLC / Paris



September
22

Elurretan, plucked string trio

C Barré Ensemble / Trets



August
7

Manual de vuelo del aeronauta inexperto

Odyssée wind quintet / Klasik Festival



August
5

Contrapluma, for piano

Matthieu Acar / Klasik Festival



July - August
31 & 1

Elurretan, plucked string trio

C barré Ensemble / Chaillol Festival



July
20

Elurretan, plucked string trio (première)

C barré Ensemble / Musique à la ferme



May
15

Contrapluma, for piano

Mariam Batsashvili / Barbican London



May
13

Manual de vuelo del aeronauta inexperto

Odyssée wind quintet / Paris



May
12

Indicio, string quartet

Diotima Quartet / Festival Ensems, Valencia



May
9

Indicio, string quartet

Diotima Quartet / BBVA Bilbao



April
27

Belarretan, guitar and electronics

Dan Lippel / MATA New York



April
19 & 21

Contrapluma, for piano

Mariam Batsashvili / Vienna & Barcelona



2016

March
26

Portrait concert

L'instant donné / La Marbrerie, Paris



March
20

Opus vermiculatum, for ensemble (première)

Mosaik Ensemble and Enno Poppe / Madrid



March
11

Contrapluma, for piano

Mariam Batsashvili / Konzerthaus Dortmund



New
CD

Carpere Fide(s), Bertrand Chavarría Aldrete

Containing Belarretan

for guitar and electronics



November
22

Ouverture française, for accordion

Vincent Lhermet

Chenereilles, Valladolid & Montreuil



Novembre
6

Contrapluma, for piano (première)

Mariam Batsashvili / Cologne Philharmonie



September
22

Belarretan, guitar and elctronics

SMASH Ensemble / Perm, Russia



July
22

Indicio, string quartet (première)

Diotima Quartet / Festival Pontino



July
16

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Trio Talweg / Musicales de Préfailles



June
29

Isiltzen denak, for ensemble

Kuraia Ensemble / Palau de la Música, Valencia



June
7

Isiltzen denak, for ensemble

Kuraia Ensemble / BBVA Foundation, Bilbao



June
5

Cálculo de la caída, for violin and viola

Lee & Percevic / Fontainebleau



April
24

Serpientes y escaleras (serenata) (première)

L'Instant Donné / Witten



Mars
4

Ouverture française, for accordion

Fanny Vicens / Levin Hall, Oslo



February
21

Ikusia ikusirik, for orchestra (première)

Musikene orchestra, Arturo Tamayo

Saint Sebastian



January
23

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Trio Talweg / Les Diablerets, Switzerland



January
9

Ouverture française, for accordion

Fanny Vicens / Limoges



2015

December
9

Cálculo de la caída, violin and viola (première)

DAI Contemporain, CNSMDP



November
16

Isiltzen denak, for ensemble

Kuraia Ensemble / Bilbao



November
10

Belarretan, guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría / Salamanca



November
1

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Trio Talweg / Geneva



October
14

Isiltzen denak, for ensemble (première)

Kuraia Ensemble / Saint Sebastian



October
9

Belarretan, guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría, Projecte Rafel, Valencia



October
3

Belarretan, guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría, Saint Sebastian



September
12

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trío

New European Ensemble

Gaudeamus Muziekweek



August
27

Manual de vuelo del aeronauta inexperto

Lucerne Festival Academy



June
28

Les lueurs se sont multipliées

for ensemble (première)

L'Instant Donné / Festival Format Raisins



March
24

Sobre lo apenas entrevisto

mezzo / guit / acc / perc, (création)

Smash Ensemble/ BBVA Foundation Bilbao



March
4

Esquisses d'échecs : Ouverture française

for accordion

Vincent Lhermet / CNSMDP



February
4

Manual de vuelo del aeronauta inexperto

wind quintet (première)

Ensemble Intercontemporain / Paris



2014
 
December
13-19

Maudits les Innocents (Acte1) - Première

CNSMDP and Paris National Opera

Amphithéâtre Bastille



December
18

Esquisses d'échecs : Tour blanche, accordion

Ander Tellería / University of Valladolid



November
21

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Trio Talweg, Saint Sebastian



October
16

Esquisses d'échecs : Ouverture française,

for accordion

Vincent Lhermet / La Défense



October
15

Esquisses d'échecs : Ouverture française,

for accordion (première)

Vincent Lhermet / Opéra de Lille



September
28

White nights

soprano and string quartet (première)

Sarah Sun and Quatuor Diotima / Royaumont

   
September
11

Assur, for clarinet, accordion and cello

E. Iriarte, A. Tellería and E. Ayllón / Zarautz

   
September
6

Orduko orbainak, piano

Wilhem Latchoumia / Bagatelles, Paris

   
July
29

Belarretan, guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría / Rosiers-d'Églentons

   
June
21

Eskudantza

six musicians with no instruments

Ciklus ensemble / Saint Sebastian (Première)

   
May
23

Table ronde at festival Artes [h]oy

Cervantes Institute in Paris

   
May
20

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Trio Talweg / Temple Saint-Marcel, Paris

   
April
1

Belarretan, guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete / Nave73, Madrid

   
March
7

Belarretan

for guitar and electronics (première)

Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete / Paris

   
January
8

Sturnus

txistu and accordion (première)

Duo KEtan / Euskaldunal, Bilbao

 
2019  


November
9

Cinq pièges brefs

piano trio

United instruments of Lucilin

Bernaola Festival, Vitoria



November
10

Cinq pièges brefs

piano trio

Trio Talweg / Sierre

   
November
27

Atelier de Giacometti

flute and piano

Raga & Azizova / Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid



November
30

Un lugar de Nueva Inglaterra en el que nunca he estado

accordion

Iñaki Alberdi / Essen

   
November
30

Ars memoriae

flute, clarinet, piano, viola, cello (premiere)

UMZE ensemble / Budapest Music Center

   
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)

Trio Accanto / Festival Présences, Paris

   
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

   
May
5

Ex voto

saxophone, piano and percussion

Trio Accanto / BBVA Foundation, Bilbao

   
May
7

New piece

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark

Kursaal Auditorium, San Sebastian

   
May
8

New piece

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark

Euskalduna Jauregia, Bilbao

   
May
11

New piece

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark

Kursaal Auditorium, San Sebastian

   
May
12

New piece

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark

Baluarte Auditorium, Pamplona

   
May
13

New piece

Basque National Orchestra & Georg Mark

Principal Antzokia, Vitoria

   
May
16

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio

Trio Catch / Husum

   
   

 

 

 
CATALOGUE
 
 


 
  Chamber 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

Isiltzen denak

septet - 2015

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

Duration: 5'

Commissioned by the Mikel Laboa Chair

Première : Kuraia, San Sebastian

Serpientes y escaleras (serenata)

sextet - 2016

[hp, pno, perc, vn, va, vc]

Duration: 10'

Commissioned by the WDR

Première : L'Instant Donné, Witten

Opus vermiculatum

nonet - 2017

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

Duration: 12'

Comissioned by the CNDM

Première : mosaik ensemble & Enno Poppe

 
 

Cinq pièges brefs

piano trio - 2012

[vln, vc, pno]

Duration: 7'40

Première : DAI Contemporain, Paris

Elurretan

plucked string trio - 2017

[mand, guit, hp]

Commissioned by C Barré, Musique à la Ferme & Festival de Chaillol

Duration: 10'

Première : C Barré, Musique à la Ferme

Indicio

string quartet - 2016

[vln, vln, a, vc]

Commissioned by the Quatuor Diotima

Duration: 16'

Première : Quatuor Diotima, Festival Pontino

Manual de vuelo

del aeronauta inexperto

wind quintet - 2015

[fl, ob, cl, horn, bsn]

Duration: 6'

Première : Ensemble Intercontemporain Soloists, Paris

 
           
  Orchestra music        
           
 
a

Las olas

string orchestra - 2017

[6.5.4.4.2]

Duration: 10'

Première:

Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire

cond. Peter-Jelle de Boer, Paris

a

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

a

Erio

orchestra - 2011

[ 2.1.2.1-2.1.1-2 perc-harp-strings]

Duration: 9'

Première: Basque National Orchestra, cond. Nacho de Paz, 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

a

Ouverture française

accordion - 2014

Duration : 3'

Première: Vincent Lhermet, Lille Opera

@Klarthe Editions

a

Un lugar de Nueva Inglaterra en el que nunca he estado

microtonal accordion - 2018

Duration: 4'

Première : Iñaki Alberdi, Fundación Juan March (Madrid)

 
           
  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

Sobre lo apenas entrevisto

mezzo / guit / acc / perc - 2015

Poems by Su Xiao-Xiao

Duration: 12'

Commissioned by the BBVA Foundation

Première: Ensemble Smash, Bilbao

a

More sweetly forgot

sopr / sax / acc / perc - 2017

Poems by Sappho / Carson

Duration: 12'

Commissioned by ensemble C barré

Première: Sarah Sun & C barré

at Pharos Foundation, Nicosia

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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