Carlos Miguel Prieto

Music Director

Widely celebrated as a rising star in the US and his native Mexico, Carlos Miguel Prieto’s charismatic conducting, characterized by its dynamism and the expressivity of his interpretations, has led to major engagements and popular acclaim throughout North America and in Europe. Prieto is in great demand as a guest conductor with many of the top North American orchestra including Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Toronto and Houston symphony orchestras and has a particularly close and successful relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Prieto is recognized as the leading Mexican conductor of his generation and has been the Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the country’s most important orchestra, since 2007. The following year he was appointed Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, a hand-picked orchestra which performs a two month long series of summer programs in Mexico City.

2013/14 marks Prieto’s eighth season as Music Director of the Louisiana Philharmonic where he has led the cultural renewal of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In May 2013 Prieto’s contract was unanimously extended to the 2018/19 season. The string of major international soloists such as Joshua Bell, Yo Yo Ma and Gil Shaham who now appear with the Louisiana Philharmonic are testament to his achievements with the orchestra.

In recent seasons Prieto has appeared regularly in Spain conducting orchestras such as the RTVE Orchestra – Orquesta Radio Television Espanola, Bilbao Orkestrea Sinfonikoa, Orquesta de Valencia and Orquesta del Principado de Asturias. His hugely successful debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra led to an immediate reinvitation earlier this year and in June 2014 he will make his debut with the NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover at the Rheingau Festival.

In 2002, alongside Gustavo Dudamel, Prieto founded the Youth Orchestra of the Americas which draws young musicians from the entire American continent. A staunch proponent of music education Prieto served as Principal Conductor of the YOA from its inception until 2011 when he was appointed Music Director. In early 2010 he conducted the YOA alongside Valery Gergiev on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Economic Forum at Carnegie Hall.

A naturally inquisitive musician of broad and varied interests, Prieto is renowned for championing Latin American music and has conducted over 50 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers many of which were commissioned by him.

Prieto has an extensive discography that covers labels including Naxos and Sony. Recent recordings include works by Bruch, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, with violinist Philippe Quint and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, on Avanticlassic, and Korngold’s Violin Concerto on Naxos, which received two Grammy nominations. In spring 2013, Prieto released a 12-DVD set of live recordings of the complete Symphonies of Gustav Mahler as part of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería 35th Anniversary season.

Also an accomplished violinist, Carlos Miguel Prieto has performed as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, and has participated in the music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, Interlochen, San Miguel Allende and Cervantino. Continuing a family tradition that reaches back four generations, he also has been a member of the Cuarteto Prieto, with which he has performed in the most important halls of Mexico, United States, and throughout Europe.

A graduate of Princeton and Harvard universities, Carlos Miguel Prieto studied conducting with Jorge Mester, Enrique Diemecke, Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo.