Department Chair/Associate Professor
Olin Arts Center, Room 254
Hiroya Miura, a native of Sendai, Japan, has been active as a composer and performer in North America. Miura has composed works and installations for American Composers Orchestra, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, So Percussion, Momenta Quartet, Speculum Musicae, New York New Music Ensemble, and members of Reigakusha (Japanese court music ensemble based in Tokyo), which were presented in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Annenberg Center, Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery, Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC Festival, Tanglewood, Havana Contemporary Music Festival (Havana, Cuba), Vacances Percutantes (Marmande, France), Centro de Arte Pepe Espaliú (Córdoba, Spain), Ostrava Days (Ostrava, Czech Republic), Centro Cultural Moca (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Sōgakudō Hall (Tokyo, Japan). As a conductor he has given a number of premieres by emerging composers, while serving as assistant conductor to George Rothman and Jeffrey Milarsky with the Columbia University Orchestra. He has also been invited as a guest conductor to Mercury Opera and Midcoast Symphony Orchestra.
He holds masters and doctoral degrees in composition from Columbia University, and he is Associate Professor at Bates College where he teaches composition and directs the College Orchestra. He is also Artistic Director of Columbia University’s Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies and Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives.