Miro Herak

Teacher Vibraphone


Born in Ivancice, Czech Republic, moved to Bratislava in Slovakia in early age. At the age of six he started to attend cello lessons at the Elementary School of Music in Bratislava. In 1990 he began to study classical percussions at the Conservatory in Zilina, Slovakia. After graduating Miro continued his studies at the Conservatory in Bratislava.

It was in this period when he became more interested in jazz and improvised music. In 1997 he co-founded, with Slovak piano player Michal Vanoucek the band AsGuests. During his study in Bratislava in 1995 Miro became a member of the percussion section of the Slovak Radio Orchestra, where he played until 2000. The very same year Miro saw a concert of a group “Steps Ahead” on Bratislava Jazz Days. It was after this concert that Miro became interested in jazz vibraphone. His interest in jazz grew and he decided to study with Frits Landesbergen, professor of jazz vibraphone in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands.

Miro was admitted in 2000 and as a promising student he received for three consecutive years a scholarship from the Schuurman-Scimmel van Ouderen Foundation. 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 at jazz festivals in The Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Czech republic, Spain, France, Italy, several times performed at The North Sea Jazz Festival and in November 2005 he played in Carnegie Hall in New York. With the band ‘AsGuests’ 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. With the project AsGuests with Strings: Universal Mind he recorded a CD which was released by American jazz label Origin Records in 2011.

Besides being active in AsGuests he is also (since 2009) a director and vibraphone player of The Hague Ehospheric Orchestra and director of UM music foundation. He collaborated and shared the stage with many artists such as Kenny Wheeler, John Ruocco, Rosario Giulliani, Yuri Honing, Eric Vloeimans, Anton Goudsmit, Jesse van Ruller, Michiel Borstlap, Deborah J.Carter, Harry Sokal, Alex Sipiagin, Norma Winstone.