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Born in Valencia Spain, Miquel Bernat received his musical
education at the conservatories of Valencia, Madrid, Brussels and
Rotterdam, and at the Aspen Summer Music Festival (USA). He was granted the
"Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera" at the Conservatory of Madrid, the
Special Prize for Percussion at the Dutch Gaudeamus Competition in 1993, and
the 2nd prize at the Aspen Nakamichi Competition.
Being a musician of great versatility, he has played with the Orquesta Ciutat de
Barcelona and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, as well
as in the contemporary music ensembles "Ictus", "Ictus Piano and Percussion
Quartet", Trio Allures", "Duo Contemporain", among others.
As a soloist in numerous performances, he has premiered the "Concerto pour
Marimba et 15 instruments" by David del Puerto at the Ars Musica Festival in
Brussels and at the Ensems Festival in Valencia, Spain. In 2002 he premiered
“Campos Magnéticos” by Cesar Camarero with the Orquesta Nacional of Oporto,
Portugal and the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid. In 2003 he premeried “
Mantis walk in a Metal Space” for Steel Drum solist electronics and Ensemble in
Centre G. POMPIDOU, Paris, the first Concerto existing for these instrument.
Formerly a professor at the Rotterdam and Brussels conservatories, he is
currently engaged intensively in pedagogical activities at the “Escola Superior de
Musica de Catalunya” in Barcelona, Spain, "Escola Profesional de Musica de
Espinho (Portugal), and the "Escola Superior de Musica do Porto" (Portugal).
In Porto he founded DRUMMING: Grupo de Percussao, which was selected as
the Resident Music Group of Porto 2001 when Porto was Cultural Capital of
Europe. DRUMMING has also performed numerous concerts in Portugal, Spain,
France, Belgium and Brazil.
He is regularly invited to the most reputed international contemporary music
festivals (in France, England, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia, USA,
Finland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Thailand) to perform as a solo
percussionist, ensemble player, and/or to lead master classes.
He has performed extensively with various dance companies, having performed
as soloist in "Just Before" by the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de
Keersmaeker and her company Rosas, and in “Psappha” by the Italian
choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti with the Ballet Gulbenkian of Lisbon.
A passionate performer of new music, Miquel Bernat has worked with numerous
composers (many works have been dedicated to him) thus contributing to the
expansion and constant evolution of the contemporary repertoire for