Miguel da Silva was born in Reims in 1961. He started studying at the Conservatoire of his native city before moving to Paris where he was a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique with Serge Collot and Maurice Crut.
He was awarded first prize in chamber music and also for viola (unanimously with special vote by the jury).
In 1985 he won the first Prize of the International chamber music competition in Paris (sonata).
His passion for string quartet led him to found the Ysaÿe Quartet with 3 of his friends. The Ysaÿe Quartet has then studied with the Amadeus String Quartet in Köln, Walter Levin (Quatuor Lasalle) in Basel, Piero Farulli (Quartetto Italiano) in Fiesole and Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartett) in Hannover. After winning the first prizes in Evian, the members of the Ysaÿe Quartet soon started an international career that led them throughout the world, from Japan to America.
Miguel da Silva has appeared as a soloist with the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Franz-Liszt orchestra of Budapest, the Orchestra de Bretagne.. As a chamber music player his partners are Michel Portal, Paul Meyer, Pierre Amoyal, Augustin Dumay, Jean-François Heisser, Alain Planès, Truls Mork, Gary Hoffmann, Emmanuel Pahud, Irena Grafenauer…
Parallelly to his CDs with the Ysaÿe Quartet, Miguel da Silva has recorded under the labels Accord, Valois-Auvidis, Philips, Harmonia Mundi etc…
He started a class of string quartets (premiere in France!) in 1994 and has since then been teaching at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris. In 2008, he was appointed as a professor in Lübeck (Musikhochschule), and as a tutor at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) .
Forthcoming 2008/2009 engagements will lead him to the Wigmore Hall in London and most of the greatest concert halls in Europe (Munich/Herkulesaal, Venice/Teatro della Fenice, Copenhague, Helsinki, Hannover, Basel, Baden-Baden….) and he will tour in Belgium, USA and Italy.
Miguel da Silva plays a viola by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona, 1790).