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Miroslav Srnka

Czech composer born in Prague in 1975.

Miroslav Srnka studied musicology with Jarmila Gabrielová at the Charles University in Prague from 1993 to 1999, and composition with Milan Slavický at the Academy of Arts in the same city from 1998 to 2003. He undertook further study of composition at Humboldt University in Berlin in 1995-96, at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) in 2001, and at IRCAM in 2002 and 2004, where he studied with Ivan Fedele and Philippe Manoury, among others.

He has received numerous awards, including the Gideon Klein Prize in 2001, the Leoš Janácek Prize in 2004 for Tak klid., orchestral scenes inspired by the letters of Leoš Janáček to Kamila Stösslová and Zdeňka Janáčková, the Ernst von Siemens Prize in 2009 for Fan Faire, and the Wilfried-Steinbrenner Foundation Prize, also in 2009.

In 2005, Wall, a miniature opera with a libretto by Jonathan Safran Foer, was premiered at the Berlin Opera. In 2006-07, Srnka was composer-in-residence with the Heidelberg Theatre Philharmonic Orchestra; this gave rise to the premieres of Reading Lessons and Kráter Brahms. In 2011, his chamber opera Make No Noise was premiered at the Munich Opera Festival, and in the same year, his work Jakub Flügelbunt (a children’s “comic”) was premiered at the Dresden Semperoper.

Srnka has been commissioned and his works performed by the most prestigious European ensembles of contemporary music, including Ensemble Modern (conducted by Matthias Pintscher and Franck Ollu), Ensemble intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien (conducted by Sylvain Cambreling), BBC Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Prague Modern Philharmonic, Diotima Quartet, Arditti Quartet, and Zebra Trio, and by soloists such as Peter Rundel, Petr Kotík, Claron McFadden, David Robertson, Annsi Karttunen, Magnus Lindberg, Dagmar Pecková, Eric Nielsen, Francesco Dillon, Emanuele Torquati, Jiří Bárta, Jana Boušková, Saar Berger, and members of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester.

His works have been performed at festivals such as the Prague Spring International Music Festival, Musica, Ultraschall, Wien Modern, Présences, Milano Musica, Münchener Opernfestspiele, Printemps des Arts in Monte-Carlo, Ostrava New Music Days, and Contempuls, among others.


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