Born in 1963 in Barcelona, Miquel Ortega began conducting in 1990 at the Teatro Gayarre de Pampelune with Don Pasquale by Donizetti, after working as a piano coach for more than six years at the opera. In 1994, he was made Musical Director of the Orquesta Pablo Sarasate in Pamplona (now Navarra Symphony Orchestra).
In 1998, he was nominated for the Prix Max du Théâtre for Best Musical Director for West Side story by Leonard Bernstein. He has conducted at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, the Auditorio, Palau de la Mùsica in Barcelona, Teatro Real, Teatro de la Zarzuela and the Auditoire National de Madrid, and all of the main theatres and concert halls in Spain.
He has made guest appearances as a conductor in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Scotland, Czech Republic, Romania Colombia and Peru. His knowledge of the French repertoire gave him the opportunity to appear as a guest at the Théâtre Imperial de Compiègne in Paris for three consecutive seasons, where he has been member of the reference and support committee since the 2006-2007 season.
He is regularly invited by the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonic in Konstanz. He made his debut at the Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March 2005, at the Lindbury Studium of the Royal Opera House and Covent Garden in London in June of the same year, as well as in Le Capitole in Toulouse in June 2007.
Miquel Ortega has conducted a great many recitals with singers such as Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Jaume Aragall and Charles Álvarez, and has made records with some of them. He composed four of the songs on the album Andalousie d’Álvarez. His recording of Requiem en mémoire de Salvador Espriu by the Catalan composer Xavier Benguerel, leading the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelone i Nationale de Catalunya, was awarded the Prix du CD 2007. In 2007 he directed his own opera La casa de Bernarda Alba at the theatre of the Opera of Brassov in Romania, then in Spain in 2009 at the International Santander Festival.
In 2010, he conducted Doña Francisquita by Amadeo Vives at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, l’Opera d’Oviedo, and at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Séville in february 2011. He recently conducted El caserio de Jesús Guridi at the Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao.