Ronaldo Miranda was born in 1948 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where he studied at the Federal University School of Music. His principal teachers were Dulce de Saules (Piano) and Henrique Morelenbaum (Composition).

Foto: Clotilde Santoro
Ronaldo Miranda - 40 years, Rio - 1988

He began his musical carreer as a critic for Jornal do Brasil ( 1974-1981) and intensified his own work as a composer after 1977, when he won the first prize at the II Biennial of Brazilian Contemporary Music. In 1978 he was selected to represent Brazil at the Unesco International Rostrum for Composers in Paris. He received in the following years several prizes in brazilian contests for composers and also the Trofeu Golfinho de Ouro( 1981) from the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro. The Association of Art Critics of São Paulo regarded him as "the best composer of the year" (1982) for his orchestral work Symphonic Variations, which was commissioned by the State of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

In 1983, Ronaldo Miranda was the official delegate from Brazil at the World Music Days in Aarhus ( Denmark), whose international jury selected his flute trio Oriens III to be performed at the festival. In 1984, he was made Chevalier dans l`Ordre des Arts et des Letters by the Ministery of Culture (France) and, in 1985, the X Biennial of Music of Berlin (RDA) chose his piano solo work Prologue, Discourse and Reflection for performance.

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Ronaldo Miranda, 1992

In 1986, he had his piece Images (for clarinet and percussion) selected for the World Music Days in Budapest, participating of the event as first delegate from Brazil. He was also awarded the third prize at the International Composers` Competition (Budapest/1986) for his work Trois Moments pour Violoncelle Seul, wich was premiered at the Budapest Spring Festival, in March/1987. With a grant from the Vitae Foudation, he started composing in 1988 the opera Dom Casmurro, premiered in 1992 at the São Paulo Municipal Theatre.

In the last years, Ronaldo Miranda has been participating in many contemporary musical events, as well as the Aspekte Festival (Salzburg), the X Festival Internacional de Musica (Villena), the New Music Festival (São Paulo), the series Músiques del nostre temps (Palma de Mallorca) and Sonidos de las Americas (New York). On the other hand, his works have been played at Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Tonhalle (Zurich), Teatro Colón ( Buenos Aires) , Mozarteum ( Salzburg), Carnegie Hall (New York) and other important halls. Several of his works have been recorded through labels all over the world (EMI-Odeon, Continental, RBM, Naxos, Delos, Dynamic, NCA, Lorelt, Granary, Comep, Kurarup, Paulus e Rioarte Digital) and many of his pieces have been commissioned by significant institutions, as well as the Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro, the State of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Organization of American States, the brazilian Woodwind Quintet Villa-Lobos and the swedish choir Erik Westberg’s Vokalensemble.

Spring Festival - Budapeste, March 1987

In 1996, Ronaldo Miranda took part of the series Sonidos de las Americas/Brasil, at Carnegie Hall (New York), and, in June 2000, was present to the Brazilian Music Week in Karlsruhe (Germany), where several of his works were performed. With a commission of the Brazilian Ministery of Culture, he composed, in 1999, the piece Sinfonia 2000, to celebrate the 500 years of the Discovery of Brazil. In 2001, he received, in the city of São Paulo, the Carlos Gomes Prize as Brazil’s Composer of the Year.

Ronaldo Miranda was among the nine composers that participated in the project Desenchanted Amazon, promoted by the Apollon Foundation, from Bremen, in the year 2003. For this event, he created the cicle of songs Unterwegs, based on three poems by Hermann Hesse. The composer was present at the première, in Berlin and Bayreuth. In the same year, the Brahmsgesellschaft, in Germany, invited him to be composer in residence at the Brahmshaus Studio, in Baden-Baden, where he wrote the piece Festspielmusik, for two pianos and percussion. His Concerto for four Guitars and Orchestra, comissioned by Towson University, was premiered in June 2004 in the United States, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Constantine and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, during the First World Guitar Congress.

Commissioned by the brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses, Ronaldo Miranda composed the work Etius Melos, as a prologue to the Suite nº1 for Cello Solo, by Joham Sebastian Bach. The piece was premiered in April 2005, at The Cutura Artística Theatre in São Paulo. Many performances followed the premiere, in several brazilian cities. The year of 2005 also brought to the composer other important comissioned work: a symphonic piece to celebrate the 40th Aniversary of Sala Cecília Meireles, the most important hall in Rio de Janeiro. For this occasion, Miranda composed "Celebrare - a joyful overture", premiered in December of the same year with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, under the conducting of Henrique Morelenbaum.

During the year of 2006, he composed the opera “A Tempestade”, upon the play by William Shakespeare. The première took place in September, at the São Pedro Theatre, staged by William Pereira, under the conducting of Abel Rocha. For this opera, commissioned by the Symphonic Band of the State of São Paulo, the author received the APCA Award (Prize of the Association of Art Critics of São Paulo).

As a commissioned work for Sala Cecília Meireles, Ronaldo Miranda composed in 2007 his Missa Brevis – o sagrado e o profano em celebração da Capela Real, piece which was premiered by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and the  Rio de Janeiro Symphonic Chorus, under the conducting of Henrique Morelenbum and presenting as soloist mezzo-soprano Adriana Clis. The work was written to celebrate the arriving at Brazil of D. João VI and the portuguese court, 200 years ago (1808-2008).

The year of 2008 also registered the premiere of his symphonic piece Plenilúnio – paisagem sonora em três hai-kais. The work was commissioned by the University of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, that was responsible for its premiere at Sala São Paulo, conducted by Carlos Moreno.

Still in 2008, Ronaldo Miranda participated in the series Klang der Welt / Brasilien, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, with his work Trajetória (for soprano and small ensemble).

In 2009, he composed his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, that was commissioned by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. The work was premiered with this orchestra in April 2010, at Sala São Paulo, being the soloist Claudio Cruz and the conductor Roberto Minczuk.

Ronaldo Miranda took several positions as newspaperman, professor and musical administrator. He was a music critic for Jornal do Brasil, a Composition teacher for the Federal University School of Music (Rio de Janeiro), Vice-Director of the National Institute of Music (FUNARTE) and Director of Sala Cecília Meireles.

Currently, he is a Composition teacher at the Music Department in the School of Communication and Arts of the São Paulo University.