Miroslav Srnka was born in Prague in 1975. He studied musicology at the Charles University in Prague (1993–99) and composition at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts with Milan Slavický (1998–2003). Study trips took him to the Humboldt University in Berlin 1995-96 and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris in 2001. 2009 he has been awarded a Composer’s Prize by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.
In 2005 his short opera “Wall” after Jonathan Safran Foer was premiered at the Berlin State Opera. He was “Composer for Heidelberg” at the Theater Heidelberg in 2006-07. In 2011 his chamber opera “Make No Noise” was premiered at Bavarian State Opera in Munich, as well as “Jakub Flügelbunt ... und Magdalena Rotenband. Oder: Wie tief ein Vogel singen kann” Comics for three singers and orchestra at the Semperoper Dresden. In 2016 “South Pole. A dual opera in two parts” was premiered at Bavarian State Opera in Munich, conducted by Kirill Petrenko and directed by Hans Neuenfels with Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson.
As of 2019 Srnka is Professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.
His compositions have been premiered by leading performers such as the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Quatuor Diotima, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, RSO Wien and at festivals including Klangspuren Schwaz, Prague Spring, Musica Strasbourg, Ultraschall Berlin, Wien Modern, Présences Paris, Milano Musica, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Ostrava New Music Days and Contempuls.
In 2017 the Dialoge Salzburg presented a composer’s portrait with numerous performances and premieres. The ongoing cooperation with Quatuor Diotima performing his latest quartets europe-wide culminated in a Portrait CD at Naïve. For the orchestra's centenary in 2018/19 the Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned his piece “Overheating”. At Musica viva Munich his composition “Speed of Truth” was premiered by clarinettist Jörg Widmann and the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, conducted by Susanna Mälkki.
The season 2019/20 will bring the first cooperation with the Czech Philharmonic and Peter Eötvös conducting his “Move 01” and "Move 03”, as well as the world premiere of a new piece for Cembalo and Orchestra for Mahan Esfahani, François-Xavier Roth and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.