Miguel da Silva


Franco-Swiss musician Miguel da Silva was born in Reims in 1961. He started studying at the Conservatoire of his native city before moving to Paris where he was a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique with Serge Collot. He was awarded first prize in chamber music and also viola (unanimously with special vote by the jury).

In 1985 he won First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Paris (sonata). His passion for string quartets led him to found the Ysaÿe Quartet with three of his friends. The Ysaÿe Quartet later studied with the Amadeus String Quartet. After winning first prize in the Evian String Quartet Competition, the members of the Ysaÿe Quartet soon launched an international career that brought them across the world, from Japan to America. Their brilliant 30-year partnership was brought to an end in January 2014 after a series of major concerts, with a special emphasis on the music of Beethoven.

In the past few years, engagements either as a solo player or with his quartet have led Miguel to the Wigmore Hall in London, as well as most of the greatest concert halls in Europe (Munich/Herkulesaal, Venice/Teatro della Fenice, Copenhague, Helsinki, Amsterdam/Concertgebouw, Hannover, Basel, Baden-Baden, Salzburg/Festspielhaus, Leipzig). Beyond this, he has toured in Belgium, USA, Japan and Italy. Miguel has appeared as a soloist with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Franz-Liszt Orchestra of Budapest, the Orchestra de Bretagne, and the Orchestre “Les Siècles”.

As a very sought after chamber music player, Miguel’s partners have included Michel Portal, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Paul Meyer, Leonidas Kavakos, Pierre Amoyal, Augustin Dumay, Nikita Boriso-Glebksy, Antonio Meneses, Jean-François Heisser, Truls Mork, Henri Demarquette, Gary Hoffmann, Emmanuel Pahud and Christophe Coin. Parallel to his recordings with the Ysaÿe Quartet, Miguel has recorded under the labels Accord, Valois-Auvidis, Philips, Harmonia Mundi.

He also founded his own record company. Ysaye Records, and under the label Nascor offers young musicians the opportunity to make their very first recording. In 1994, Miguel initiated a class of string quartets that premiered in France and has since been teaching a whole new generation of French and European quartets and chamber music groups at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris. In 2008, he was appointed as a professor in Luebeck’s Musikhochschule in Germany, taking over from Walter Levine, and as a tutor at the European Chamber Music Academy and Vienna Music University’s Summer Academy. In 2009, he joined Geneva’s Haute Ecole de Musique as a viola and chamber music teacher, and he became the artistic director of Académie musicale de Villecroze in France.

Finally, Miguel has been appointed Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium since 2014.