Carlos Miguel Prieto
Carlos Miguel Prieto, considered one of the most dynamic young conductors in recent years, has further widened his exposure by accepting a total of four music directorships in his native Mexico and the United States. He was named music director of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico (National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico), Mexico’s most important orchestra, in July 2007, and remains music director at his other Mexican orchestra, the Orquesta Mineria. In the US, he enters his seventh season as music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic, where he leads the cultural renewal of ravaged New Orleans, while his music directorship of the Huntsville Symphony (Alabama) came to a close in 2011 after eight years. That same year he was appointed music director of YOA Orchestra of the Americas. Prieto has made guest appearances with numerous North American orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, and every major orchestra in Mexico. He has also conducted orchestras throughout Europe, Russia, Israel, and Latin America, notably his Teatro Colon debut in Buenos Aires, his Netherlands Radio Orchestra debut in Utrecht, and performances with the Philharmonia of the Nations.
2012/13 is another bustling season with his annual return to the Chicago Symphony and appearances with the Colorado, North Carolina, Memphis, Grand Rapids and Winnipeg symphonies as well as the Naples Philharmonic.
Many stellar orchestras were lined up for 2011/12, including the Chicago Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Quebec, Kansas City and Santa Barbara.
Season 2010/11 brought return visits to the Chicago Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Naples Philharmonic as well as debuts with the Winnipeg Symphony and North Carolina Symphony. Abroad he conducted the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra with great success.
The previous season, Prieto gave several debuts: after past summer’s success, he made his subscription debuts with the Chicago Symphony and Pacific Symphony, and also appeared for the first time with the Toronto Symphony (subscription debut and Light Classics Series) and Alabama Symphony. In early 2010 he conducted the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, alongside Valery Gergiev, on occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Economic Forum at Carnegie Hall.
Prieto’s 2008/09 season was another banner year, full of important debuts and re-engagements in the US. During the summer, he made his first appearance with the Chicago Symphony and later with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist. He also gave his debut with the Vancouver Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and Monterey Symphony, and returned to the Indianapolis Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, and Pacific Symphony.
During his tenure with the Mexico City Philharmonic from 1998 to 2002, Prieto conducted over 100 concerts ranging from classical subscription to educational and popular concerts. A champion of contemporary music, Prieto has conducted over 50 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers, many of which were commissioned by him. Exemplifying Prieto’s commitment to education, he has conducted the Youth Orchestra of the Americas since its inception in 2002. He has performed with this enthusiastic ensemble at the United Nations and the Kennedy Center, and has toured throughout South America and Mexico.
Carlos Miguel Prieto is the founder and music director of the Mozart-Haydn Festival, an annual series of six concerts dedicated to the symphonic music of these two composers. In October 2005 he led the sixth festival in Sala Nezahualcoyotl of Mexico City.
He was voted "Conductor of the Year 2002" by the Mexican Union of Music and Theater Critics, and in 1998 he received the Mozart Medal of Honor presented by the Government of Mexico and the Embassy of Austria. He has recently made a series of recordings of Latin American and Mexican music for the Urtext label.
A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Universities (where he was concertmaster of the orchestra), Prieto studied conducting with Jorge Mester, Enrique Diemecke, Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo.