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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. He receives the young composer commission of the Spanish Institute for Scene Arts and Music and he is invited by the French Academy in Rome to spend three months at Villa Medici. He is mentored by the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation, together with Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

His catalogue consists mainly of chamber music pieces, such as Manual de vuelo del aeronauta inexperto, a wind quintet premiered by soloists of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, or Indicio, a string quartet played by Quatuor Diotima at the Festival Pontino, the BBVA Foundation in Bilbao, Ensems Festival in Valencia, and Musikprotokoll in Graz.

He has written vocal pieces based on poems by Paul Auster (White nights), Su Xiaoxiao (Sobre lo apenas entrevisto), Sappho - translated by Anne Carson - (More sweetly forgot), or inspired by classified advertisements found online (I nalt be clode on the frolt).

 

He works with French ensembles such as C Barré, exploring the timbre of plucked strings; L'imaginaire, developing a subtle writing for wind instruments, and, especially, L'Instant Donné, whose delicate approach to new music allows him to explore introspective themes, such as the fragility of memory in Les lueurs se sont multipliées or the violence of love gestures in Serpientes y escaleras (serenata) - premiered at Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik.

Outside France, ensemble mosaik and Enno Poppe premiered his Opus vermiculatum at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, then played the piece at the Berlin Kulturbrauerei; the New European Ensemble played his pieces at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek and the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw; MATA festival in New York programmed the American première of Belarretan, for guitar and electronics. His piano piece Contrapluma has travelled along the ECHO network, from BOZAR in Brussels to the Wiener Musikverein.

 

 
         
 
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EVENTS
   
     
 
Past events
 
2018
 
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

 
2018  
October
13

Contrapluma, for piano

Gilles Grimaître / Schloss Heiligenberg

   
October
16

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

mdi ensemble / Milan

   
November
3

Belarretan, for guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete / Vitoria

   
November
15

Cinq pièges brefs, piano trio

Trio Talweg / Conservatoire de Nantes

   
2019  
February
19

Pièges de neige

clarinet-cello-piano trio (première)

Trio Catch / Kölner Philharmonie

   
February
27

New work

string orchestra (première)

Danubia Orchestra & Heinz Holliger / BMC

   
April
28

Contrapluma, for piano

Jonathan Powell / Oxford

   

 

 

 
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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