(photo credit: michelle pavao)

hiroya miura (三浦寛也), a native of sendai, japan, has been active as a composer and performer in north america. acclaimed by allan kozinn of new york times as “acidic and tactile,” his compositional output typically mirrors his multiple musical roles, and creates “the charm resulting from continuous changes of balance.”  for the 2016-17 season, miura was selected as one of the four american composers to be sent to the havana contemporary music festival in cuba as part of the american composers forum’s artist delegation program. miura has composed works for speculum musicae, new york new music ensemble, american composers orchestra, juilliard percussion ensemble, le nouvel ensemble moderne, fama Q, momenta quartet, and members of reigakusha (gagaku ensemble based in tokyo), which were presented in venues and festivals such as lincoln center’s alice tully hall, carnegie hall, merkin hall, miller theater, annenberg center, and smithsonian institution’s freer gallery, tanglewood, ostrava days (ostrava, czech republic), sendai mediatheque, centro de arte pepe espaliú (córdoba, spain), vacances percutantes (marmande, france), centro cultural moca (buenos aires, argentina), and sogakudo hall (tokyo). he is also a founding member of the electronic improvisation unit, no one receiving, whose debut album from the grain of sound has won critical acclaim in europe and the united states.  he holds d.m.a. degree from columbia university, and he is associate professor of music at bates college, where he teaches music theory and composition, and directs the college orchestra. he is also the artistic director of columbia university’s institute for medieval japanese studies/japanese cultural heritage initiatives.