Héctor Mira Ferriz

Héctor Mira Ferriz

Born in Madrid, Spain, in 2005. Since 2021, he studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Fundación BBVA Viola Chair with professor Diemut Poppen. He has been granted scholarships by Consejería de Educación, Universidades y Ciencia de la Comunidad de Madrid and Fundación Albéniz. He plays a Jacques Fustier viola, Lyon, 2001, with a Baroque bow, loaned as an instrument scholarship by Fundación Albéniz.

He began his studies at the age of 5 at the CEDAM with Ignacio Serrano and then entered the Amaniel Professional Music Conservatory, where he studied with Ana Alonso (2017). He has attended masterclasses by Rocío Gómez, Rocío Gómez, A. Pillay, Gérard Caussé, W. Kang, L. Gaudron, Tabea Zimmermann, Nils Mönkemeyer, Josep Puchades, and Krzysztof Chorzelski (string groups). In 2022 he won the Extraordinary Award in Artistic Education given by Comunidad de Madrid.

In 2018 he was finalist at the RC Marbella Musical Competition, later transformed into City of Estepona Young Performers Competition, and he has also been awarded first prize at the Cardenal Cisneros Musical Performance Competition (2019), third prize at the 15th César Uveda de Leoia Young Performers Competition (2021), and third prize at Madrid’s Intercentros (2021). In 2023, he received several awards, including the Gold Medal at the Euterpe Music Awards, First Prize at the London Classical Music Competition, and First Prize at the International Mozart Competition Vienna.

From 2014 to 2018 he was part of the Albatros Quartet, under the guidance of professor Sergio Castro, attending classes with Alain Meunier, Nicolás Chumachenco (in Pirineos Clasic) and Aitor Hevia. As a member of the Quartet, he obtained the first prize at the 9th Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition in Ávila (2018).

He was a member of the JORCAM Children Camerata from 2015 to 2019, with whom he performed as soloist. He participated in the Talentos project of Madrid’s Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and 2019. He was selected by the Concertgebouw Youth Orchestra in the Netherlands (2019), as well as by the Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra in Switzerland (2021 and 2022), in which he performed as principal viola. He has been part of the Davos Festival’s Camerata in Switzerland (2023).

As a student of the School, he has performed with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Juanjo Mena and Péter Csaba; the Freixenet Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Sir András Schiff and Andrés Salado, and with the Baroque Ensemble of the School, conducted by Paul Goodwin. In 2021 he participated in the 30th anniversary tour of the School with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, with whom he performed at Madrid's Teatro Real, at Bratislava's Reduta Hall, at Budapest's Liszt Ferenc Academy and at Vienna's Musikverein. He is currently a member of the Ramales Quartet and the Fundación Grupo Madrileña Ensemble.