Born inbetween different worlds, different cultural identities, and the persistent feeling of not belonging anywhere, being rootless, being homeless; this describes very much as well the musical career of Swiss raised, Czech musician of Pashtun descend, Miron Andres.

 

The viola da gamba being his first instrument, he studied the “early repertoire” at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität (Austria) with Pierre Pitzl, as well as with many private tutors (Brigitte Gasser, Martin Bauer, Sarah Cunningham). He finished his BA in music in the specialization of medieval and renaissance performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, CH), in the class of Randall Cook. Feeling caged by the limitations of “historical correctness” he fled to the Netherlands to persue a Master's in contemporary music, with Margareth Uruqhart, as well as taking up private lessons with Joshua Cheatham.

 

Since his Master's in 2017 he has been very active in the extension of the viola da gamba repertoire (solo, ensemble and opera). Some of these works have been premiered at festivals such as the Tampering 2017 (Tampere, Finland), Opera Forward Festival Amsterdam 2017, Prix Annelie de Man 2018, 2020 (Amsterdam) and the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam 2018.

 

But his love for early music has not been forgotten. He can be heard regularly in festivals such as the BRQ Vantaa (Finland), Festival de Musique Ancinene de Callas (France), Festivalul Baroc Tmisoara (RO), V Festival Opera do Parana (Curitiba, Brazil) and the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

 

In 2019, Arcana (Outhere) has released his recording together with Europa Ritrovata, Affect is No Crime. New Music for old Instruments.

 

He won the second prize (ensemble) of the Förderpreis für Alte Musik Saarbrücken 2012, as well as the first prize (Contactus, with Juho Myllylä) of the EAR-ly competition in Vantaa (Finland) 2016.

In 2019 he won the International Van Wassenaer Early Music Competition in Utrecht, with the duo Contactus (jury prize, AVROTROS radio prize and the OOM-prize).

 

The collectives and groups he's been working with on a regular basis, such as Ugly Pug, Contactus, Lux Beata, Europa Ritrovata, Ensemble Hesperis, Capella dei Signori, Ensemble Joseph Hel, and many others, have brought him all across Europe and beyond.

 

Spreading the love for the queen of all musical instruments, Miron is giving more and more lectures and workshops, mainly at composition departments at renowened universities, such as UCSC Santa Cruz, CA.

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Working with composers has been an important part of Miron's career. However, indulging into all the possibilities the viola da gamba has to offer, he has been more and more active as a creator of audio art, as well as connecting different means of expression in interdisciplinary work. Notably with Lahore based visual artist Mohsin Shafi, and Greek composer and electronic musician, Dionysios Papanicolaou.

© 2020 by Miron Andres