Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
Founder of Camerata – Athens
Principal Guest Conductor of La Filarmonica Targu - Mures – Romania
Born in Volos, Greece, conductor Alexander Myrat lived as a young man he lived in Paris, France, where he studied conducting under Igor Markevitch, Nadia Boulanger and Max Deutsch. He has begun his conducting career during his twenties he started his career, mainly in Europe (France, Belgium, Greece, Bulgaria, and Italy). In 1976 he won an award at the “Gino Marinoucci” competition and the same year conducted the world premiere of Darius Milhaud’s “Oresteia” for Radio France.
In 1977 he became a French citizen.
During the period 1970-1985 he has conducted the best French orchestras making regular appearances with French and Belgium Radio orchestras. He has recorded with Radio Monte Carlo for EMI and for Auvidis with the Picardie Orchestra for Auvidis. Three of his recordings have won the “Recordings Academy” awards.
Following the establishment of the Picardie Orchestra in 1984, where he was artistic director until 1989, he became known for his interpretation of the works of Mozart. At the same time he worked with orchestras such as the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra the London Mozart Players, the Moscow Virtuosi and the Trondheim and Aalborg Symphony Orchestras. He recorded with the Ulster Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony and Sinfonietta Orchestras for the BBC, among others. He conducted the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra for three consecutive years and in 1994 won the best orchestra and best recording awards at the International Vienna competition.
He founded La Kamerata in 1991.
He was responsible for the auditions from the very beginning, recruiting the musicians, forming the ensemble. The orchestra consists now of thirty four string and wind musicians and encompasses in its repertoire works spanning four centuries.
La Kamerata has established itself as a significant cultural institution. In short time since its inception, the orchestra reached an international level of performance, touring and travelling around the world collaborating with famous conductors and soloists.
Maggio Fiorentino, Ravena Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Stokholm Concerthouse, Corum – Montpellier, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre de la Monnais, Liederhalle-Stuttgart, Haydn Festspiele –Eisenstadtare some of the venues, Rostropovith, Dumay, Gelber, Maria Joao Pires, Mustonen, Rampal, Gallois, Noras,are some of the names.
He recorded with this Orchestra for EMI Classics, RCA red label, Agora, and ECM
His repertory includes an impressive number of international, French or Greek premieres of works by the composers Wychnegradsky, Obouhov, Gaussin, Bainbridge, Westbrook, Mikroutsikos, Koumendakis, Koukos, Travlos, Hatzis and John Tavener’s ‘‘Agrafon’’, especially written for La Kamerata.
Alexandre Myrat is regularly participating in opera productions at the Athens Concert Hall, such as Mozart: Le Noce de Figaro, Clemenza di Tito, Baltas: Momo (premiere), Menotti: Amahl Prometheus / by Robert Wilson, music by Iannis Xenakis (2001) and Mikroutsikos: “The return of Eleni” also performed in 1999 at the Montpellier Opera and the Maggio Fiorentino festival. He has also conducted at the Ravenna, Wallonie, Edinburg, Athens, Naantali, and Patras festivals (where he was artistic director in 1999). He has conducted orchestras such : Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio- France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de l’Ile de France, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre du Capitol de Toulouse, Orchestra dell’ Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Haydn(Bolzano), Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege, Württenbergisches Kammerorchester, Württenbergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Göttinger Symphonie Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Orchester, Edmonton Symphony, Philharmonie Georges Enescu, Orquesta Filarmόnica de la UNAM, Israel Sinfonietta, Orquesta Sinfόnika de RTV Espanola, Orquesta de la Ciutat de Barcelona, Cyprus State Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Philharmonie de Sophia, Prague Radio Orchestra.
Some soloists which Alexandre Myrat has collaborate are: Szeryng, Grumiaux, Ida Handel, Dumay, J. Bell, Tortelier, , Rostropovith, , Ciccollini, Gelber, Stephen Kovacevich,Maria Joao Pires, Mustonen, M. André, Rampal, Patrick Gallois, Janet Baker, Agnes Baltsa, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Teresa Zillis-Gara, Robert Tears, Mathias Görne, John Harl, Gary Barton, Rivca Golani.
In 2004 he received from the French Government the title “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres”