Miro Herak

Born on 6th November 1974 in Ivancice, Czech Republic. Miro′s family moved to Slovakia at early age. He started to attend cello lessons at the Elementary School of Music in Bratislava when he was six year old.

Since 1990 he had studied orchestral percussions at the Conservatory in Žilina, Slovakia. After graduating Miro continued his education at the Conservatory in Bratislava. In this period he became more interested in jazz and improvised music. Together with Slovak piano player Michal Vanoucek they co-founded the band AsGuests in the year 1997. During his study in Bratislava in 1995 Miro became a member of the percussion section of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In the year 2000 he moved to The Netherlands and started his studies of jazz vibraphone at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In 2002 and 2003 he attended several private lessons with a legendary vibraphone player Mike Mainieri in New York.

At the Royal Conservatory he attained the Bachelor of Music degree in 2004 and the Master of Music degree in 2006 with a special distinction. Miro was touring all over Europe, played several times at The North Sea Jazz Festival and in November 2005 also played in Carnegie Hall in New York. With the band ‘As Guests’ he won the ‘Pim Jacobs Muziek Prijs 2004′ and ‘The Dutch Jazz Competition 2004′. The band won a tour around all major venues in The Netherlands and recorded the debut CD ‘Enter As Guests’, released in 2005. In 2008 a live recording of a concert was released on the DVD, titled ‘As Guests live in Belgium’.

The same year was Miro selected to be a member of the European Colours Jazz Orchestra with residence in Italy. In 2011 a CD entitled “AsGuests with Strings: Universal Mind” was released by American record label Origin Records. In 2009 Miro co-founded an international ensemble “The Hague Ethospheric Orchestra”, where he is besides playing also active as a general director. Their debut CD “Earthing” is released in Germany by Laika Records in 2013. Miro takes also a part of the band of a Dutch drummer Vinsent Planjer – Vinsent’s Planjers Natural Selection, the debut release comes out in 2014. Miro shared stage with many great artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Alex Sipiagin, Harry Sokal, Yuri Honning, Eric Vloeimans, Anton Goudsmit, Harry Sokal etc.

Besides performing, Miro is also active as educator, teaching at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, American School of The Hague and International School of The Hague in Netherlands.