Miren Urbieta was born in Donostia in 1983. She got her degree in Music Education in Bilbao in 2004 and, a year later, she finished her clarinet intermediate studies in the Francisco Escudero Conservatory of San Sebastian. She took vocal studies at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, Musikene, with mezzosoprano Maite Arruabarrena, repertorists Enrique Ricci and Maciej Pikulski, and stage director Horacio Rodriguez Aragón, graduating in 2010.

She has taken master classes with Isabel Monar, Jaime Aragall, Carlos Álvarez, Enedina Lloris, Ana Luisa Chova and Montserrat Caballé, and was accepted by Mirella Frenni at the CUBEC centre for her master class.

She has completed her education at the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo of the Palau de Lesarts in Valencia, under the artistic supervision of Alberto Zedda. There, she also worked with other experts such as J. M. Pérez Sierra, Gianni Fabrini, Jocelyne Dienst and Roger Vignoles, among others. During her stay in Valencia, she participated in a zarzuela tour with the Valencian Community Orchestra, directed by maestro García Asensio, giving concerts in Orihuela, Gandia, Alzira, Castelló, Altea and Valencia, together with tenor Javier Agulló and baritone Gabriel Urrutia.

She has won first prizes in several singing contests: she got the 2nd prize of the Bilbao International Singing Contest (2012), 2nd prize of the Ana María Iriarte 2nd Zarzuela Contest (2012), she is the winner of the 30th International Singing Contest of Logroño (2012), and she also got the 1st prize at the Amigos de la Música Performing Contest of Alcoy (2011). She obtained the 2nd prize at the 29th International Singing Contest of Logroño (2011) and the 2nd place (the 1st prize was not awarded) at the 10th Luis Mariano International Singing Contest of Irun, together with the Special Award given by the Luis Mariano Lyric Association (2009).

In January 2008, she presented the Te Deum by A. García Valladolid for the first time at the Valladolid Cathedral. In December of the same year, she participated with the Basque National Orchestra in the annual DV concert, conducted by Juanjo Ocón, at the Kursaal auditorium.

In February 2009, she shared the stage with soloists Ana María Sánchez, José Luis Sola, Manuel Lanza and Maite Arruabarrena in the universal premiere of the Juan José opera by P. Sorozabal at the Kursaal Auditorium and at the National Music Auditorium of Madrid.

In September 2009, she offered a concert as a soloist with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (BOS), and another one with the Basque National Orchestra (OSE) in November.

She has presented many zarzuela characters: she has been Ana Mari in El Caserío by Guridi, at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre of San Sebastian and at the Campos Elíseos Theatre of Bilbao (December 2009 and March 2010), L’Antonelli in El duo de la Africana (July 2011), Katiuska in the homonymous work by Sorozabal (February and August 2012), Rosaura in Los Gavilanes by Guerrero (May 2012) and Luisa Fernanda in the homonymous zarzuela by Torroba (National Music Auditorium of Madrid, 2012). She has also performed as Arminda, in La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart.

She combines her career as a soloist with teaching, and she teaches vocal studies at the Jesús Guridi Music Conservatory of Vitoria-Gasteiz since September 2011.

CHORAL DIRECTION

During her vocal studies, she also studied to be a choral director in choral conducting courses organised by the Choral Federation of Euskal Herria, where she was advised by directors such as Johann Duijck, Martin Schmit, Vasco Negreiros, Juan Luis Martinez, Basilio Astulez and Xabier Sarasola. She also took conducting courses and children’s pedagogy with directors such as Maite Oca and Amaia Añua.

She conducted the Xistral Choir of the Casa Galicia in San Sebastian, since it was created in 2003 until 2006, the Escolanía Corazón de María since 2004 until 2009, the Corazón de María Choir since 2005 until 2009 and children’s and youth choirs of the Orfeón Donostiarra, Orfeoi Txiki and Orfeoi Gazte, since 2006 until 2009.

She sang with the Kup Taldea choir, directed by Gabriel Baltes, since 2003 until 2008. She also cooperates frequently with Conductus Ensemble, directed by Andoni Sierra.

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