Miguel da Silva was born in Reims in 1961. He studied at the Conservatoire in Reims and later at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, with Serge Collot. He founded the Ysaÿe Quartet with 3 of his friends. They studied with the Amadeus String Quartet and after winning the 1st prize at the Evian String Quartet Competition in 1988 an international career followed, taking them throughout the world. Engagements have led Miguel to most of the greatest concert halls in Europe, from the Wigmore Hall in London to Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras in Europe, such as the Paris Chamber Orchestra and the Franz-Liszt orchestra and has collaborated with various musicians, from Leonidas Kavakos to Truls Mørk and Emmanuel Pahud, da Silva has done numerous recordings, both with the quartet and as a soloist. In 1994 he started a class of string quartets at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris and in 2008 he was appointed professor in Luebeck’s Musikhochschule. In 2009, he joined Geneva’s Haute Ecole de Musique as a viola and chamber music teacher, and became the artistic director of Académie musicale de Villecroze in France. He is Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.