The percussionist Miquel Bernat is one of the main driving forces behind the international new music scene, his performing and teaching work contributing permanently to the revelation of percussion as an artistic medium.
His work as director, teacher, composer or performer ranges over the most diverse types of music, including art music, experimental music with electronics, or popular and vernacular music, often interacting in diverse artistic disciplines. A musician of great versatility, he has played with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and with the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, among others. He was a member of the Rotterdam Duo Contemporain between 1992 and 2003, and founder and active member of the Ictus Ensemble in Brussels. He has presented performances –some as soloist– with the choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker of the company ROSAS (Just Before, Drumming Live, Rain, April me and Steve Reich Evening). He has also participated in the contemporary dance spectacles Natural Strange Days, by Roberto Olivan (Spain) and Psappha of the Ballet Gulbenkian (Portugal). In 1999, he founded Drumming, in Porto, one of the most dynamic percussion ensembles on the international scene.
Soloist in many recitals worldwide, he has performed notably with the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra at the Warsaw Festival, with MusikFabrik in the Central Theatre, Seville, and the Reina Sofia National Arts Centre and Museum, with the Borusan Orchestra at the Istanbul Festival (Turkey), with the Cadaqués Orchestra in the Palau de la Música Catalana or the Porto National Orchestra. He has premiered and is the dedicatee of percussion concertos by David del Puerto, César Camarero, Luis de Pablo, Mauricio Sotelo and Joan Guinjoan. He has played as soloist with, among others, the Cadaqués Orchestra, the Madrid Community Symphony Orchestra, the Murcia Symphony Orchestra, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, MusikFabrik, Remix Ensemble, Ictus Ensemble, Plural Ensemble, Guerrero Project, and bcn216. At the IRCAM/Pompidou Centre (Paris), he premiered Mantis Walk in a Metal Space by Javier Alvarez, for steel drums, ensemble and electronics, and has played as soloist with the baritone Spyros Sakkas in the stage work Oresteia by Iannis Xenakis at festivals such as that of Radio France Montpellier, the Istanbul Festival or the Cyprus Festival.
He teaches intensively in Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. He created the first senior percussion course at the Porto Senior School of Arts and Spectacle (ESMAE) and has taught at the Espinho Professional Music School and the University of Aveiro. He teaches at the Senior Conservatories in Rotterdam and Brussels and at the Catalonia Senior Music School (ESMuC) in Barcelona. He is involved as guest lecturer, for example, at the Darmstadt Summer Course, in the Venezuelan System of Orchestras (FESNOJIV), at the Instrumenta course in Oaxaca, Mexico, the International Summer Course in Brasilia (CIVEBRA) and at UNICAMP, Campinas.
In 2017, he released a collection of Concert Studies for Marimba by a number of composers, in close collaboration, and published by Tritó (Barcelona), for which he won a BBVA Foundation Grant for Cultural Investigators and Creators in 2016, for promoting and distributing the first volume in the collection.
Miquel Bernat is an enthusiastic performer of contemporary creation and one of those most committed to making known the art of percussion.