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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 and Stefano Gervasoni. In 2014 he follows the Royaumont Voix nouvelles program. In 2019-2020 he is first mentored by the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation, then a fellow of the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici. As a PhD student of the SACRe doctoral program, he focuses on the relation between music and memory.

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 festivals such as Présences, ManiFeste, ECLAT, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, MATA New York, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, and the Venice Biennale.

Deeply linked to voice, 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.

Peter Eötvös Foundation
PSL University
Villa Medici
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Ships vanishing in the horizon

for ten instruments (premiere)

New European Ensemble

Festival Dag in de Branding (online)



plucked string trio

C Barré

Musique en Écrins




  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        

Las olas

string orchestra - 2017


Duration: 10'


Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire

cond. Peter-Jelle de Boer, Paris


Ikusia ikusirik

orchestra - 2016

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

Duration: 6'30

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

  Solo music        


guitar and electronics - 2014

Duration: 6'

Première : Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete, Paris



piano - 2016

Duration: 6'

Commissioned by BOZAR & ECHO

Première : Mariam Batsashvili, Cologne

  Vocal music        

White nights

soprano and string quartet - 2014

Poems by Paul Auster

Duration: 11'

Voix nouvelles Royaumont

Première : Sarah Sun et Quatuor Diotima, Royaumont


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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