Meet The Performers


Carlos Miguel Prieto

Widely celebrated as a rising star in the US, Canada, 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. In great demand as a guest conductor with many of the top North American orchestras, including Chicago, Cleveland, Seattle, Oregon, Toronto and Vancouver symphony orchestras, his relationships with orchestras in Europe, Latin America and the United Kingdom continue to expand.

Recognized as the leading Mexican conductor of his generation, Prieto has been the Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico since 2007, and of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería since 2008. Prieto is in his ninth season as Music Director of the Louisiana Philharmonic, where he has led the cultural renewal of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. 

Guest engagements of note during 2014-2015 include debuts with New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Scotland’s BBC Scottish Symphony, Great Britain’s Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and France’s Orquestre National de Lyon. Prieto also returns to Germany for performances with the NDR Sinfonieorchester and to Canada to guest with the Calgary Philharmonic.

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.  

A staunch proponent of music education, Prieto is also Music Director of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas, a world-class symphony orchestra of 100 musical leaders, ages 18 to 30, representing 25 countries of the Western Hemisphere.  

Renowned for championing Latin American music, Prieto 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 a highly acclaimed CD for Naxos featuring Carlos Chavez’s Piano Concerto with pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico; and two recordings with violinist Philippe Quint and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería: the Naxos CD of Korngold’s Violin Concerto 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’s 35th Anniversary season.

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


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