Miroslav Srnka was born in Prague in 1975. He studied musicology at the Charles University in Prague with Jarmila Gabrielová and composition at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts with Milan Slavický. He has participated in exchange programmes and composition courses with Ivan Fedele, Philippe Manoury, and others. He has received the Gideon Klein Award and the Leoš Janácek Anniversary Prize. In 2005 his short opera “Wall” after Jonathan Safran Foer was premiered at the Berlin State Opera; in 2016, the dual opera South Pole was premiered at Bavarian State Opera in Munich, with Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Kirill Petrenko. His compositions have been commissioned, premiered, and performed by leading interpreters such as Ensemble Modern, BBC Philharmonic, and PKF – Prague Philharmonia, and at festivals including Prague Spring, Milano Musica, Contempuls Prague, and others. He has given composition masterclasses at the Lucerne School of Music and Moscow Conservatory.