Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya has recently been appointed Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, a post that begins in the 2013/14 season. Now in his thirteenth season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, he is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Caminos del Inka, a non-profit organization dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the Americas.
Inspired by the ancient melodies of the Inca Trail, Mr. Harth-Bedoya created Caminos del Inka as a modern-day laboratory to discover, perform and promote the rich musical legacy of the Americas through research, new commissions and educational projects, as well as orchestral and chamber music performances. Presenters of Caminos del Inka concerts include the Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, KohoBeat in Helsinki, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Texas Christian University.
Miguel Harth-Bedoya has appeared numerous times with most of the major orchestras in the United States. Recent appearances include the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Toronto Symphony. Worldwide, he has appeared with the Aarhus Symphony, Bremen Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Göteborg Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, MDR Orchestra/Leipzig, National Orchestra of Spain, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Royal Scottish Orchestra, RTE National Symphony/Dublin, Sydney Symphony and the Tampere Philharmonic. In November 2010, Mr. Harth-Bedoya joined soprano Renée Fleming for a tour of performances with five Scandinavian orchestras, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Danish National Symphony.
Engagements for the 2012/13 season include the BBC Scottish Symphony, Malmö Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Prague Symphony, the Radio Orchestra of Madrid, as well as the Aspen and Grand Teton music festivals. Additionally, this season he returns to conduct the Helsinki Philharmonic, MDR Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and the Sydney Symphony.
Equally at home in the theater, Miguel Harth-Bedoya has conducted productions with the Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and the English National Opera in London. Festival appearances include Aspen, Chautauqua, Grant Park, Music Academy of the West, Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Round Top, Tanglewood and Vail.
An active recording artist, Mr. Harth-Bedoya’s recordings include Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago with the Chicago Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma, which was nominated for Grammy awards in two categories in 2009. In December 2011, Deutsche Grammophon released Nazareno, a highly acclaimed recording of music by Osvaldo Golijov with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque. In 2009, Kultur released a DVD of Puccini’s La Bohème directed by Jonathan Miller and conducted by Mr. Harth-Bedoya at the English National Opera in London. With the Fort Worth Symphony, he has recorded Sentimiento Latino with tenor Juan Diego Flórez (for Decca), as well as an all-Tchaikovsky CD and a world-premiere bilingual recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, featuring narrations in Spanish and English with Michael York.
A champion of new music, Mr. Harth-Bedoya has conducted many world premieres, both in Fort Worth and elsewhere. In 2012/2013, he will direct the celebration of the FWSO’s Centennial Season, which will include the world premiere of a work by Jimmy López and a new recording with works of the FWSO’s previous composers in residence: Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts, Gabriela Frank, Behzad Ranjbaran, Peter Boyer and John B. Hedges.
Winner of the 2002 Seaver/NEA Conductors Award, Miguel Harth-Bedoya has also served as Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia, Eugene Symphony, Lima Philharmonic and the New York Youth Symphony (Carnegie Hall). Born and raised in Peru, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. His principal teachers include Otto-Werner Mueller, Seiji Ozawa and Gustav Meier.
Mr. Harth-Bedoya currently makes his home in Fort Worth with his wife Maritza and their three children, Elena, Emilio and Elisa.