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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 2019-20 season, Miura has composed micro-opera, Sharaku Unframed, for San Francisco’s Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Galactic Monarchs, a shakuhachi concerto, for John Kaizan Neptune and Prague’s BERG Orchestra. He was awarded Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts and Literary Arts residency, la Napoule Art Foundation residency, and Willapa Bay AiR residency, amongst others.

Miura 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, Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery, Tanglewood, Havana Contemporary Music Festival (Cuba), Ostrava Days (Czech Republic), Centro de Arte Pepe Espaliú (Córdoba, Spain), Vacances Percutantes (Marmande, France), Centro Cultural Moca (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Yomiuri Hall (Tokyo, Japan). 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 Artistic Director of Columbia University’s Institute for IMJS/Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives.