Miguel Trápaga was born in Cantabria (Spain).
He studied at the Ataúlfo Argenta Conservatory (Santander) and at Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Música de Madrid with Javier Canduela and Demetrio Ballesteros, respectively. He also received lessons from José Tomás, David Russell and Gerardo Arriaga.
He has been awarded scholarships from the Marcelino Botín Foundation, Jeunesses Musicales (Madrid) and the La Caixa Foundation (Barcelona).
Mr. Trápaga has won prizes in the following competitions: Arturo Sanzano Competition, 1988; Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera (graduated with top honors) from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, 1990; Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España, 1992; XVIth Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition, Palma de Mallorca, 1993; Third Great Lakes Competition, Oberlin, Ohio (USA), 1994; and the XII International Solo Guitar Competition, Guitar Foundation of America, Quebec (Canada), 1994.
He has performed in broadcasts for Spanish National Radio, Antena 2 of Portugal, ABC of Australia and the BBC among others. He has recorded the CD “Anthology of composers in Cantabria” released by the Marcelino Botin Foundation and has contributed to a double CD containing Federico Moreno Torroba´s guitar music. His recordings with works of the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer and with the violinist Alexandre Detisov containing works for violin and guitar of Mauro Giuliani have been released by the Opera Tres record label. Recently, he recorded for NAXOS the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo and the first recording of Concierto de Benicassim by Leo Brouwer, with the conductor Óliver Díaz and orchestra Real Filharmonía de Galicia. His last recording, for the NAXOS label too, is a cd with the orchestra Oviedo Filarmonía with three new Doble Concertos for guitar by the Spanish composers Anton García Abril, Javier López de Guereña and Davids del Puerto.
Currently a professor at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid, Mr. Trápaga has offered master classes in Spain and abroad (ESMUC in Barcelona, Panama City University, Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Massey University in Wellington, Kukulkan Guitar Festival in Mexico, Melbourne University, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki…).
He has performed in the main concert halls and theatres in Spain -Palau de la Música de Valencia, Gran Teatro de Cordoba, Teatro Monumental, Teatro de la Maestranza, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Auditorio de Zaragoza …- and abroad –the Forbidden City Music Hall in Beijing, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Pushkin Museum in Moscow, National Concert Hall in Taiwan, National Theatre in Panama, Playhouse in Canberra, Centro Cultural do Banco de Brasil (Brasilia), Cecilia Meireles (Río de Janeiro), Nairobi National Museum, Ateneu Rumano (Bucharest), Lysenko Hall (Kiev), Teresa Carreño (Caracas), Teatro Nacional Adela Reta, SODRE (Montevideo), Bangkok, La Habana, Dublin, Santiago de Chile, Sydney, Warsaw, Slovakia, Portugal, Mexico, Norway, Kuwait, Cameroon, Philippines, Nicaragua, South Africa, and has toured Brazil, Peru, Japan, New Zealand, Indonesia, Germany, Canada, United States…-. He has performed with the conductors Leo Brouwer, Theodore Kuchar, Óliver Díaz, Igor Palkin…, and (among others) with the Villa de Madrid Chamber Orchestra, Sesi Fundarte Chamber Orchestra (Porto Alegre, Brazil), National Philarmonic of Ukraine, Thailand Philarmonic Orchestra, Gijón Symphony Orchestra, Seville Symphony Orchestra, ORCAM, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Ukrainian National Orchestra and Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.