Carlos Miranda

Luis Carlos Miranda Cordal (born Santiago, Chile, 17 July 1945), also known as Carlos Miranda is a Spanish composer, pianist, conductor and actor.

Carlos Miranda
Carlos Miranda photo by Christoph Ehlers.jpg
Carlos Miranda in 2013
Born(1945-01-17)17 January 1945
Santiago, Chile
Alma materThe Royal College of Music, London
OccupationMusic composer, pianist, conductor and actor

Life and careerEdit

He was born in Chile, where he studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música [es] composition with Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt and piano with Flora Guerra.[1] He moved to Italy and worked as apprentice in films by Franco Zeffirelli (Romeo and Juliet) and Pier Paolo Pasolini (Teorema). He then settled in London, initially working nights as accompanist to American cabaret singer Militia Battlefield (portrayed in Jana Bokova's 1975 documentary film of the same name,[2] and days as pianist repetiteur at The Dance Centre (Covent Garden) for various dance teachers among which: Errol Addison, Matt Mattox, Brigitte Kelly and John O'Brien.

He won a British Council Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London studying piano with Harry Platts, composition with John Lambert and conducting with Vernon Handley. After graduating, he joined the Rambert Dance Company (1974–78) as pianist and resident composer, playing and writing scores for both dance performances and concerts with the Mercury Ensemble.[citation needed]

In 1977 he wrote the music for the full-length dance-theatre work "Cruel Garden", choreographed by Christopher Bruce, scenario and direction by Lindsay Kemp. The piece, based on the life and death of Federico García Lorca,[3] has since been staged by various dance companies in the UK,[4][5] Germany and the USA.[6] The BBC television adaptation, directed by Colin Nears, won the Prix Italia Music-1982.[7]

His association with Lindsay Kemp began with his earliest creation for Rambert Dance Co., the recently revived ballet "The Parades Gone By".[8][9] He then joined the Lindsay Kemp Company writing the music and collaborating in the creation of various dance-theatre productions that toured Europe, the Americas, Israel, Singapore, Japan and Australia: "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Mr. Punch's Pantomime", "Duende, Poema Fantastico per F. Garcia Lorca",[10] "The Big Parade" (Producciones Julio Alvarez), "Nijinsky il Matto" (Teatro Alla Scala, Milano), "Cinderella, a Gothic Operetta" (Cenicienta S.L), "Variété" (Susumu Matahira-Tate Corporation), "Dreamdances" (Italian tour 2001)[11] and "Elizabeth I, the last dance"[12][13]

Carlos Miranda has produced scores for movies directed by independent Spanish film-makers, among which: Celestino Coronado’s "Hamlet" (1977)[14] and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1984),[15] Manuel Huerga's "Gaudì" (1988), Félix Rotaeta's "The Pleasure of Killing" (1988) and "Chatarra" (1991).

In 1992 Carlos Miranda composed the music and conducted the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra for the Parade of Nations during the 1992 Summer Olympics,[16][17] and also created the soundtrack for the official video of the Seville Expo '92.

In 1993 he conducted the Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure in performances of his score for the full-length ballet "El Jardiner" for Compañía de Danza Gelabert Azzopardi. In 1997 he wrote the piece "Quell Inocente Figlio" for the BBC Radio 3 series "The Schubert Songbook". In 2004 he composed and recorded the music for multimedia dance spectacle "Glimpse"[18][19] (Barcelona FORUM) collaborating with choreographer/dancer Cesc Gelabert and American media-dance filmmaker Charles Atlas. That year he also wrote the instrumental piece "Del Amor Insomne Noche" (City of London Festival) later recorded for BBC Radio 3 by the Galliard Ensemble Wind Quintet, with Lucy Wakeford (harp) and Colin Currie (marimba).

Films as an actorEdit

Among the films he has acted in: Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes – 1998), Mauvais Esprit (Patrick Alessandrin – 2003), The Feast of the Goat (Luis Llosa – 2005), Goya's Ghosts (Miloš Forman – 2006), Karol: The Pope, The Man (made for TV, Giacomo Battiato – 2006) and The Promise, (Terry George – 2016).


  • Carlos Miranda "A Midsummer Night's Dream", The Lindsay Kemp Co. CD- Fonè Records
  • Carlos Miranda "The Big Parade", The Lindsay Kemp Co. CD- Fonè Records
  • Carlos Miranda "Cinderella, a gothic operetta" CD- Miranda Records
  • "Chilean Music of the 20th Century, Volumes VII and VIII", Luis Carlos Miranda, pianist


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Flora Guerra: Biografía".
  2. ^ portadesign s.r.o. "Database". Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.
  3. ^ "Dance". The Spectator Archive.
  4. ^ "As cruel as it ever was". The Daily Telegraph. 16 May 1998. Archived from the original on 21 February 2016.
  5. ^ Article in The Independent about Cruel Garden (1998)
  6. ^ "'CRUEL GARDEN,' ON THE ARTS NETWORK". The New York Times. 5 December 1984.
  7. ^ "Prix Italia Music Past Editions – Winners" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Rambert Dance Company Spring Tour 2002 – ballet and modern dance forum". Archived from the original on 30 August 2002. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  9. ^ John Percival (19 May 2002). "The Parades Gone By, Sadler's Wells, London". The Independent.
  10. ^ El País, article on "Duende, poema fantastico per Federico García Lorca" in Spanish (1980)
  11. ^ On "Dreamdances" Italy, review, in Italian
  12. ^ Article on Elizabeth I, The Last Dance film in Screen Arts Hub
  13. ^ Madrid Teatro, article on "Elizabeth I, the last dance" (2010), in Spanish
  14. ^ Kenneth S. Rothwell (28 October 2004). A History of Shakespeare on film. ISBN 9780521543118.
  15. ^ Derek Malcolm, London Film Festival. "A Midsummer Night's Dream". San Francisco International Film Festival.
  16. ^ NICK KIMBERLEY (24 July 1992). "MUSIC / Competitive scoring: Nick Kimberley talked to Olympic composer". The Independent.
  17. ^ XAVIER HOSTE / Barcelona (21 June 2012). "Una flecha iluminó Barcelona". El Periódico.
  18. ^ The Interactive Imaginings of a Spaniard in the Spotlight.Article in the New York Times about "Glimpse" (2004)
  19. ^ Dance Review: A 'Glimpse' into the senses – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2004)
  20. ^ "Belgrade International Theatre Festival 1979 Awards". Archived from the original on 5 September 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Krakow Film Festival 1979 Awards". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  22. ^ "Belgrade International Theatre Festival 1981 Awards". Archived from the original on 5 September 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  23. ^ "Prix Italia Music Past Editions – Winners" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2016.

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