Permanent Guest Conductor of La Filarmonica Targu-Mures
Founder of Camerata – Athens
Founder of Orchestre de Picardie
Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (2011-2014)
Alexandre Myrat was born in Volos (Greece)
He discovered music at the age of thirteen, and conducted his first concert seven years later (MIDEM classique, Cannes 1970, Orchestre de Monte –Carlo, soliste Henryk Szeryng).
He studied in Paris with Igor Markevitch, Max Deutsch and Nadia Boulanger, who described him as "born to conduct".
After the first performance of Darius Milhaud’s l’Orestie which he conducted for Radio-France in 1976,Alexandre Myrat embarked upon an international career which has lead him to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece and Korea, to name a few. In the same year he was also a prizewinner at the Gino Marinuzzi competition in San Remo.
Having become a French citizen in 1977,Alexandre Myrat regularly collaborates with the orchestras of Radio-France, conducting them in recordings, concerts, various premieres (as seen in the archives of the INA), in addition to the memorable world premiere of the symphony "La journée de l’existence" by Ivan Wyschnegradsky in 1978, where he conducted the Novel Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio-France, in the presence of the composer. This live concert,
edited onto CD by Shiiin in collaboration with the INA, was welcomed with rave reviews and a
"Diapason d’Or", which Alexandre Myrat added to his collection of awards received for his EMI and AUVIDIS recordings.
In 1984, he founded Le Sinfonietta – Orchestre régional de Picardie, where he was Artistic Director until 1989. It was during this period that he became known for his interpretation of the
works of Mozart. At the same period he has been invited as guest conductor to many ensembles, including the Orchestra national de Belgique, the Orchestre symphonique de Liege, the Norwegian Chamber orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has released several recordings for the BBC, and conducted the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra for three consecutive years, with whom he was awarded the prizes of "Best Orchestra" and "Best Recording" in the international competition of Vienna.
In 1991 he established regular collaborations with the Athens Megaron, and founded La Kamerata. Under the talented direction of Alexandre Myrat, the Kamerata became the first Greek orchestra to gain international renown. He has also collaborated with them in various operas.
During the twenty years since its formation, for which Myrat has remained the resident director.
In 2011 he was named as Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. Taking inspiration from his considerable experience with French orchestras, Alexandre Myrat brings a new approach to this orchestra of 120 musicians, focusing not only on musical excellence but also to open classical music to a wider audience. Building on the TSSO’s excellent reputation, established thanks to its quality and its prestigious past, he endeavors to constantly bring something new to the table and introduce new, younger audiences to the world of classical music.
Immense repertoire including more than hundred world premiers, AM never accepted to be a “specialist”. He conducts symphonic, chamber, opera, ballet, symphonic jazz, musicals, with equal efficiency.
He recorded for EMI, RCA, Agora, Blue Note, Naxos, Shiiin and ECM
Alexandre Myrat has been a member of the executive staff of the Académie Lyrique de Vendôme since 2006, and the principal guest conductor of the Targu–Mures Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008.
In 2004 he received from the French Government the title “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres”
and in 2013 the promotion “Officier des Arts et des Lettres”