Biography

Miguel Pérez Iñesta studied piano, clarinet and dance in Asturias, Spain, before moving to Berlin in 2003, where he continued his studies with clarinetist and conductor Prof. Karl Heinz Steffens at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule. Between 2005 and 2007 Miguel was a member of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2008 he founded his own new music ensemble, Zafraan Ensemble, where he is currently part of the Artistic Direction team.

He has conducted in France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Norway and has been engaged as assistant musical director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater Basel and the Staatsoper Berlin for different opera productions. His work with stage directors like Sabrina Hölzer, Matthias Rebstock, Iñigo Giner Miranda or Daniel Pfluger has contributed to open even more his view of music as a very expressive and accurate communication tool.

Miguel returns every year to the Podium Festival Esslingen, where he always proposes his novel and refreshing personal view on the works he conducts. In the last few festival editions, he has been working on space and listening experience, recontextualizing the pieces played by changing the place they are presented in, encouraging the audience to move or even making the sound source (the musicians) move around/among the audience, following different patterns and turning the concert into a 360 degrees experience.

He made his conducting debut at the Pierre Boulez Saal in 2017. Over the next season, conducting engagements will include his debut with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.