In this article I am going to tell you about my story with the Miraphone instruments, a brand that I have been in love with all my life and with which I am enormously proud to be an artist.

I am a Miraphone artist since 2010, but my relationship with the brand goes back a long way. 

As I explain in the Bio section “with my words”, at the age of 13 it was clear to me that music was going to be more than just a hobby for me. 

Four years later when I was 17, my parents bought me a Miraphone CC Tuba 86B. 

A fantastic instrument with which I later won my first tests in young orchestras and made my first collaborations in professional bands and orchestras.

Since then I have always had Miraphone instruments in my regular tubas gear. I am extremely comfortable with them and they make my life much easier both in terms of tuning and sound quality.

Practicing with my Miraphone CC Tuba 86B (Asturias, 1989)

In September 1994, when I joined my recently won position as Solo Tuba of the Symphonic Orchestra of Barcelona and National of Catalonia (OBC), I discovered that the orchestra owned a Miraphone CC Tuba 88. 

An instrument with a round and velvety sound, and at the same time light and moldable, qualities that made it perfect to comfortably tackle a good part of the romantic orchestral repertoire, especially works as representative as the Second Symphony by Johannes Brahms or the Violoncello Concerto by Antoni Dvorak. . 

I have used that tuba multiple times over the years, always with excellent results and good commentsfrom the conductors.

Concert with the OBC at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona (1994)
Warming up with my colleague Ana Galán during the Japan tour with the OBC (1995)
Japan tour with the OBC (1995)

Some time later, looking for an F Tuba for both the soloist repertoire and the lighter and sharper orchestral repertoire, I decided to test the Miraphone 281 "Firebird"

For this reason I went to Germany, to the Miraphone factory, accompanied by two of my students at that time, Juan Bautista Domenech and Miguel Rafael Fernández, today good friends and great professionals.

During the visit we were very kindly looked after by Christian Niedermaier, Executive Director of Miraphone, and Norbert Nold, Marketing Director of the brand.

With Juan B. Domenech (left) and Miguel R. Fernández (right)
With Christian Niedermaier (left) and Norbert Nold (right)
With my F Tuba Miraphone 281 "Firebird" after a concert
With Norbert Nold
With Christian Braun, Miraphone Sales Representative

The factory is located about 60 kilometers east of Munich and has some spectacular facilities and a showroom.

From that visit, the relationship with the brand became closer, until in the year 2010 I was officially presented as a Miraphone performing artist.

My first personal card as a Miraphone artist

Since then I have been developing a wide activity representing Miraphone as an artist in festivals, congresses, promotional tours, master classes and endless other activities. 

In March 2016, shortly after Miraphone officially unveiled its new F and Bb Tuba models “Elektra” and “Hagen”, I decided to go on to play the F Tuba 481 “Elektra”. 

An instrument developed by Miraphone in collaboration with the German tubist Dirk Hirthe.

The "Elektra" is without a doubt the F Tuba that I have felt most comfortable with in my life and the one that I enjoy playing the most. I think that is all said.

Poster of the Bb Tuba "Hagen 497"
Poster of the F Tuba 481 "Elektra"
With Dirk Hirthe at the Frankfurt Music Fair (Germany, 2015)

Nowadays my Miraphone Tubas gear consists of two F Tubas Miraphone 481 “Elektra” and one CC Tuba Miraphone 1293. 

I have one "Elektra" permanently in Barcelona and the other at home, in Denmark.

I use the "Elektra" that I have in Barcelona when I go to give my classes at ESMUC and for the different projects I have in the area. 

It has a 5-cylinder arrangement in the right hand and one in the left and is finished in “Gold Brass”.

The F Tuba 481 "Elektra" from Barcelona
With the "Elektra" from Barcelona during the recording of the "Concert for Tuba and Orchestra" by the composer Joan Maria Riera Blanch (Gerona, 2020)

The Tuba “Elektra” that I have at home has a 5-cylinder arrangement in the right hand and detachable bell. 

It is also finished in "Gold Brass". This tuba is the one I have the most contact with and the one I use to travel due to its easy transport. 

In another article I will talk about the peculiarities of this tuba and the great advance that has been for me when traveling.

The Tuba "Elektra" that I have at home
The "Elektra" from home, ready for traveling

The tuba in C Miraphone 1293, has a 50cm bell, four pistons and a rotary valve in the right hand and it has a raw metal finish. 

It is a compact XNUMX/XNUMX tuba perfect for playing in orchestras, brass ensembles and / or bands, which more than covers all my needs when my professional commitments require the use of a contrabass tuba.

Poster of the CC Tuba 1293
My CC Tuba 1293 just unpacked
After a concert with my CC Tuba 1293

Apart from what it means for me and for my career to have a legendary brand like Miraphone as a sponsor, what really makes me happy is playing their instruments. 

That is the real reason I play Miraphone and I hope and wish that I will be able to make live music again soon with their wonderful instruments.

To conclude, I invite you to watch this interesting video where the complete manufacturing process of a Miraphone tuba is shown, I hope you like it!

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If you want more information about Miraphone and their instruments visit:  www.miraphone.de

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