One of the most dynamic young conductors on the international scene today, Carlos Miguel Prieto is known as an exciting, insightful, and charismatic communicator with strong and versatile command. Maestro Prieto is the music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Mexico), and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. Previously he served as music director of the Huntsville (AL) Symphony Orchestra from 2003-11.
The 2013-14 season marks Prieto’s eighth season as music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. In an announcement made in May 2013, the LPO confirmed his contract extension through the 2018-19 season, adding another five years to his tenure with the only musician-owned and operated orchestra in the United States. Other highlights of the 2013-14 season include re-engagements with the Houston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Puerto Rico, and Seattle Symphony as well as debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the appearance at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.
In high demand as a guest conductor both nationally and internationally, Maestro Prieto enjoys a regular presence on the podiums of the major North American orchestras, including Boston Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Oregon Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and Winnipeg Symphony. Overseas he has appeared extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Central America, and South America.
A champion of Latin American and Mexican Music, Maestro Prieto possesses an extensive discography which includes many critically acclaimed recordings on Urtext, Cedille Records, Naxos and Sony labels. His most recent recording projects include Carlos Chavez's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1940), featuring Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, released by Cedille Records in 2013. Other recent recordings include works by Bruch, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, with violinist Philippe Quint and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería on Avanticlassic, as well as 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.
The Mexican Government in conjunction with the Embassy of Austria honored Carlos Miguel Prieto with the “Mozart Medal of Honor.” Also, in 2002 the Mexican Union of Music and Theatre
Critics recognized him as “Conductor of the Year.”
A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Universities, Carlos Miguel Prieto studied conducting with Jorge Mester, Enrique Diemecke, Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo.