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Mikel Urquiza (1988, Bilbao) studies composition first at Musikene (San Sebastian) with Gabriel Erkoreka and Ramon Lazkano, later at Paris CNSM with Gérard Pesson. He follows the Voix nouvelles program at Royaumont abbey, where he will return as guest composer in 2017 along with L'imaginaire ensemble.

He works closely with L'Instant Donné ensemble, exploring the fragility of memory in Les lueurs se sont multipliées and the delicate violence of love gestures in Serpientes y escaleras (serenata), premiered at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.

He stablishes also a rich collaboration with Diotima Quartet, that premiers both of his string quartets and, along with Sarah Maria Sun, his quintet White nights. During next seasons, two more pieces featuring Sarah Sun will be premiered in Cyprus and Witten.

 

Thanks to a commission of the BOZAR Brussels and ECHO, he writes Contrapluma for the pianist Mariam Batshasvili, who plays it during 2016/2017 at the ECHO halls, such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein and Philharmonie de Paris.

In march 2017 Opus vermiculatum is premiered by ensemble Mosaik and Enno Poppe at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. It is a commission of the Spanish Music Centre (CNDM)l and the Goethe Institut.

Mikel Urquiza receives the Spanish Institute for Scene Arts and Music young composer commission and the French Academy in Rome award, living at Villa Medici. His music is also played by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Basque National Orchestra, SMASH Ensemble, NEUE Ensemble, Wilhem Latchoumia and Trio Talweg at the San Sebastian Fortnight, Paris National Opera season, New York MATA Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Lucerne Festival.

 
         
 
Musikene
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EVENTS
   
     
 
Past events
 
2017
 
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

Nouveau
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/ Mikel Laboa Katedra, Saint Sebastian

October
9

Belarretan, guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría, Projecte Rafel Festival, Valencia

October
3

Belarretan, guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría, Saint Sebastian

Septembre
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, ensemble

L'Instant Donné / Festival Format Raisins (Première)

March
24

Sobre lo apenas entrevisto, (mezzo/guit/acc/perc)

Smash Ensemble/ BBVA Foundation Bilbao (Première)

March
4

Esquisses d'échecs : Ouverture française, accordion

Vincent Lhermet / CNSMDP

February
4

Manual de vuelo del aeronauta inexperto, wind quintet

Ensemble Intercontemporain / Paris (Première)

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, trio avec piano

Trio Talweg, Saint Sebastian

October
16

Esquisses d'échecs : Ouverture française, accordion

Vincent Lhermet / La Défense

October
15

Esquisses d'échecs : Ouverture française, accordion

Vincent Lhermet / Opéra de Lille (Première)

September
28

White nights, soprano and string quartet

Sarah Sun and Quatuor Diotima / Royaumont (Première)

   
September
11

Assur, for clarinet, accordion and cello

Eneko Iriarte, Ander Tellería and Elisa Ayllón / Zarautz

   
September
6

Orduko orbainak, piano

Wilhem Latchoumia / Bagatelles, Paris

   
July
29

Belarretan, guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete / 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, guitar and electronics

Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete / Paris (Première)

   
January
8

Sturnus, txistu and accordion

Duo KEtan / Euskalduna Congress hall, Bilbao (Première)

 
August
5

Contrapluma, for piano

Matthieu Acar / Klasik Festival

   
August
7

Manual de vuelo del aeronauta inexperto

Odyssée wind quintet / Klasik Festival

   
September
22

Elurretan, plucked string trio

C Barré Ensemble / Trets

   
October
6

Las olas, for string orchestra (première)

Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire / Paris

   
October
7

Indicio, string quartet

Quatuor Diotima / Musikprotokoll, Graz

   
October
11

]more sweetly forgot on poems by Sappho/Carson (première)

Sarah Sun & C Barré / The Pharos Art Foundation, Nicosia

 

 

 

 

 
CATALOGUE
 
 
 
  Chamber music    
       
 

Serpientes y escaleras (serenata)

sextet - 2016

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

Duration: 10'

Première : L'Instant Donné, Witten

Isiltzen denak

septet - 2015

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

Duration: 5'

Hommage à Mikel Laboa

Première : Kuraia, San Sebastian

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

Zintzil

sextet - 2012

[fl, acc, a, gui, cel, perc]

Duration: 8'

Commissioned by the BBVA Foundation

Prmière : Ensemble Krater, Bilbao

 
 

Indicio

string quartet - 2016

[vln, vln, a, vc]

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, Paris

Cinq pièges brefs

piano trio - 2012

[vln, vc, pno]

Duration: 7'40

Première : DAI Contemporain, Paris

b

Cálculo de la caída

violin and viola - 2015

Duration: 6'

Première : Rachel Koblyakov & Ieva Sruogyte, CNSMDP

 
           
  Orchestra music        
           
 
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

Contrapluma

piano - 2016

Duration: 6'

Première : Mariam Batsashvili, Cologne

a

Belarretan

guitar and electronics - 2014

Duration: 6'

Première : Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete, Paris

a

Esquisses d'échecs

accordion - 2013...

1 - Tour blanche (2013) 4'

Première: Ander Tellería 03/12/13, Leon

2 - Ouverture Française (2014) 3'

Première: Vincent Lhermet, Lille Opera

@Klarthe Editions

   
           
  Vocal music        
           
 
a

Sobre lo apenas entrevisto

mezzo / guit / acc / perc - 2015

Poems by Su Xiao-Xiao

Commissioned by the BBVA Foundation

Duration: 12'

Première: Ensemble Smash, Bilbao

a

White nights

soprano and string quartet - 2014

Poems by Paul Auster

Voix nouvelles Royaumont

Duration: 11'

Première : Sarah Sun et Quatuor Diotima, Royaumont

a

Maudits les Innocents

récit lyrique (act1) - 2014

Libretto: Laurent Gaudé

[5 soloists, children choir, ensemble]

Duration: 20'

A Paris National Opera and CNSM Production

Première: Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra, Maîtrise des Hauts de Seine, Guillaume Bourgogne, Amphithéâtre de l'Opéra Bastille

   
           
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