Carlos Miguel Prieto is Musical America's Conductor of the Year 2019
Musical America has announced Carlos Miguel Prieto as their Conductor of the Year for 2019. The award follows Carlos’ profound success as one of his native Mexico’s most important cultural ambassadors. Previous recipients of the award include such eminent names as Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Jaap van Zweden, Michael Tilson Thomas and Valery Gergiev. Prieto says:
"I am thankful to Musical America for this distinguished honour. I am humbled to be in the company of past and present honourees who have been role models and have inspired me throughout my career. I am blessed to have grown up in Mexico which is the epicentre of the Americas, a region of the world where music is vibrant and vital. I share this honour with the musicians, orchestras and organisations that have embraced the belief that we can, and must, improve the lives of others through music. The task ahead is to use that potential to unite us and make us better."
Prieto holds four music directorship posts with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Naciónal de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. As well as his regular work with these orchestras (and a number of youth orchestras including National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, NYO2, Youth Orchestra of the Americas), Prieto is engaged by some of the world’s most important orchestras. Recent and future highlights include debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington; the Minnesota Orchestra; the London Philharmonic Orchestra; and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; as well as return visits to Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which he will conduct in two concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow later this week.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales this month, conducting them in their season opening concert on 28 September 2018. Prieto conducts the Walton Viola Concerto with soloist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, as well as a selection of South American and Spanish music including Falla El Amor Brujo with mezzo-soprano Clara Mouriz and works by Revueltas, Arturo Márquez and Moncayo.
The concert at Hoddinott Hall will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Tune in at 14:00 to listen to the concert and hear Prieto and presenter Kate Molleson discuss the programme.
Intermusica artists win six awards at inaugural Opus Klassik awards
We are delighted to announce that five Intermusica artists, along with imagine ensemble Philharmonix, have been recognised at the inaugural Opus Klassik awards, the major new prize for recorded classical music in Germany.
Daniil Trifonov is awarded ‘Instrumentalist of the Year (piano)’ for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Chopin Evocation with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev and fellow Intermusica artist Sergei Babayan. Babayan himself is the recipient of the 'Chamber Music Recording of the Year (20th/21st century)' for his Deutsche Grammophon disc Prokofiev for Two, with Martha Argerich.
Virtuoso ensemble Philharmonix, who joined Intermusica's imagine portfolio earlier this year, won the ‘Classical Without Borders’ category for their Deutsche Grammophon release The Vienna Berlin Music Club Vol. 1.
Marin Alsop receives the ‘Symphonic Recording of the Year (20th/21st century)’ award for her Naxos recording of Bernstein Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Alsop, Bernstein's protégé and long-time champion, has been pivotal to the 2018 global Bernstein centenary celebrations, most recently leading high-profile performances with the Baltimore Symphony at the Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, on the weekend of the composer's 100th birthday.
Elsewhere, Intermusica pianists George Li and Boris Giltburg triumphed: Li was awarded ‘Soloist Recording of the Year (19th century, piano)’ for his debut recording on Warner Classics, Live at the Mariinsky, while Giltburg took home ‘Soloist Recording of the Year (20th/21st century, piano)’ for his recording of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 & Études-tableaux Op.33 with the RSNO conducted by Intermusica's Carlos Miguel Prieto (Naxos).
The awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Konzerthaus Berlin on Sunday 14 October, and broadcast on ZDF at 10.15pm local time.
Carlos Miguel Prieto & the Orchestra of the Americas tour Europe to critical acclaim
Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Orchestra of the Americas’ summer festivals tour, which began in July, has been met with critical acclaim. Prieto and the orchestra gave performances in Rheingau, Hamburg, Odessa and more, before finishing their tour with a concert at the Edinburgh International Festival. Joined by pianist Gabriela Montero, the combination of conductor, soloist and impassioned young orchestral musicians resulted in something “simply delicious” (Allgemeine Zeitung).
“the Elbphilharmonie, in it’s 570-day history has already seen and heard quite a lot: extraordinary highlights and unforgettable moments. But anything as colourful as the performance of the Orchestra of the Americas? No... The term 'concert' does not stretch far enough to describe the special magic of the evening... Carlos Miguel Prieto handled the exciting mix of hot rhythms with the skill of a seasoned conductor, shaping everything into a rousing whole.” Hamburger Abendblatt
“A premature carnival in the Rheingau Kurhaus – simply delicious…”
“Prieto had every section in perfect balance with his precise and rigorous conducting”
“Deftly controlled by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto”
Intermusica artists at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival announced the programme for this year's edition on 15 March 2018, and as ever there is a strong Intermusica presence at the festival.
Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music return to the festival this year for a concert of Vivaldi and Telemann with Nicola Benedetti on 4 August. Egarr leads the ensemble from the harpsichord and is the soloist for Vivaldi's A major Concerto.
Carlos Miguel Prieto brings the Youth Orchestra of the Americas to Edinburgh for a performance with pianist Gabriela Montero on 7 August. Prieto conducts a programme of Chávez Sinfonia india, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 and Copland Symphony No.3.
Martyn Brabbins joins forces with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus on 9 August to celebrate the 90th birthday of composer Thea Musgrave. Brabbins conducts the Scottish premiere of Musgrave's Turbulent Landscapes, a journey through six Turner land and seascapes, and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony.
Lise Davidsen travels to Edinburgh for her festival debut on 16 August. Davidsen joins Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra to sing orchestral songs by Strauss, including "Cäcilie" and "Wiegenlied". Davidsen sang the same works with the orchestra in Oslo earlier this season and also recently joined them for Strauss Four Last Songs.
Roger Vignoles returns to Edinburgh, this time with soprano Dorothea Röschmann on 21 August. Vignoles accompanies Röschmann in a programme of Romantic songs by Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Wolf.
The Pavel Haas Quartet returns to the festival on 22 August to perform two landmark quartets: Schubert String Quartet No.13 'Rosamunde' and Ravel String Quartet. Shostakovich String Quartet No.7 completes the programme.
James Ehnes reunites with Stephen Osborne on 23 August for a recital at the Queen's Hall. Together they explore a programme of works by Brahms, Prokofiev, Debussy and Ravel. This is their second collaboration of the season after a critically acclaimed performance of Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time at the Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series.
Marin Alsop brings the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Edinburgh for two concerts celebrating Leonard Bernstein's centenary on 24 and 26 August. The first features three works associated with him as a performer: Stravinsky The Firebird, Gershwin Piano Concerto with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Schumann Symphony No.2. The second concert opens with birthday tributes to Bernstein from Berio, John Corigliano and John Williams and features three of Bernstein's works: his Serenade performed by Nicola Benedetti, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Three Dance Episodes from On the Town.
Soprano Lise Lindstrom joins Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler Symphony No.8 on 26 August. The performance also features the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the NYCoS National Girls Choir.
Intermusica brings Carlos Miguel Prieto & the Orchestra of the Americas to the Rheingau & Edinburgh International Festivals
This August, Intermusica brings the Orchestra of the Americas to the Rheingau and Edinburgh Festivals as part of the orchestra's European tour. The tour is conducted by their Music Director, Intermusica's Carlos Miguel Prieto, and they are also joined by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero. Bringing together the most accomplished young musicians aged 18 to 30 from throughout North and South America in a single, powerful orchestra, it has toured the world to enormous acclaim.
On 2 August, the ensemble arrives in Wiesbaden for an appearance at the Rheingau Festival. Prieto conducts a programme of Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras No.2, Montero's own Latin Concerto (a concerto for piano and orchestra) and Bernstein Symphony No.2 'The Age of Anxiety'.
The following week, the tour arrives in the UK for a performance at the Edinburgh International Festival. With Montero this time performing as soloist in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, the programme is completed by Chávez Symphony No.2 ‘Sinfonia India’ and Copland Symphony No.3.
Carlos Miguel Prieto brings the Louisiana Philharmonic to New York for Carnegie Hall debut
Carlos Miguel Prieto brings the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to New York this month for the orchestra's debut concert at Carnegie Hall debut on 27 February 2018. Prieto, the orchestra's Music Director, conducts two works inspired by striking locations: Philip Glass' Days and Nights in Rocinha, which the composer wrote in tribute to the eponymous favela, the largest in Brazil, and Revualtas' La noche de los Mayas, which is inspired by Mayan culture. The concert concludes with another Glass piece, the Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra.
Prieto's next concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic comes next month when he joins the orchestra to celebrate the tricentennial of New Orleans at St Louis Cathedral on 21 March. The concert will be streamed live on the Louisiana Philharmonic's website and is the twelfth installment of Musical Louisiana: America's Cultural Heritage, an annual series presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection and the LPO.
Intermusica at the Southbank Centre's 2018/19 classical season
The Southbank Centre launched its 2018/19 classical season on 30 January 2018, with Intermusica artists and performing throughout the year. Highlights include Marin Alsop continuing her relationship with the Southbank in concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continuing their residency, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos, John Wilson, Kian Soltani and George Li.
Another major highlight of the season is the International Chamber Music Series, which Intermusica co-promotes with the Southbank Centre. This year it opens with a concert from Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI and features a concert marking the centenary of author Muriel Spark from the Nash Ensemble, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, the Jerusalem, Artemis and Belcea quartets, and performances of Stockhausen by Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continue as Associate Orchestra with three concerts in the new season. The first, on 16 September 2018, pairs a memorized performance of Beethoven Symphony No.5 with HK Gruber's Frankenstein!! in a concert conceived and directed by Jane Mitchell. Their second, on 20 January 2019, is titled Songs from the Road and features Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, arrangements of folk ballads and the world premiere of Du Yun Where we lost our shadows. Their final concert takes place on 5 June 2019 and features works by Beethoven, Thomas Adès, a Max Richter world premiere and Mozart's Symphony No.41.
Kirill Gerstein renews his partnership with Thomas Adès when he joins the composer and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 September to perform Adès' concerto for piano and orchestra, In Seven Days.
Geoffrey Paterson returns to the London Sinfonietta on 13 October to conduct them in a performance of Pascal Dusapin Passion, a collaboration with Music Theatre Wales.
Patricia Bardon returns to the role of Baba the Turk in a performance of Stravinsky The Rake's Progress with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 3 November.
Lahav Shani and Francesco Piemontesi join forces for a concert of Brahms and Beethoven with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 4 November. Shani conducts Weber Oberon Overture, Brahms Symphony No.1 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor', with himself as piano soloist.
Marin Alsop makes her first visit of the season on 11 November, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. She then returns on 16 January to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a contemporary programme with Colin Currie giving the world premiere of Helen Grime's Percussion Concerto.
John Wilson returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 15 November for a concert of Gershwin and Walton. He is joined by Louis Schwizgebel, who performs Gershwin Piano Concerto. Wilson then brings his John Wilson Orchestra to the Southbank Centre on 15 December, leading them in a characteristic programme of music from Hollywood and Broadway. He returns on 18 April to lead the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a special performance of Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by Jury.
Mary Bevan joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Brian Wright for a seasonal performance of Handel's Messiah on 16 December.
Leonidas Kavakos appears at the Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series on 18 January alongside Yuja Wang, performing a recital of Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartók and Strauss.
Martyn Brabbins joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 20 January 2019 to conduct an English programme of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and the London premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Prometheus, a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra.
Jacques Imbrailo joins the Mozartists and conductor Ian Page on 29 January for the next concert in their Mozart 250 series, which is themed around the year 1769. Imbrailo sings arias by Gluck, Haydn, Arne, Gréty and Paisiello.
Susan Bickley returns to the Southbank Centre to sing Beethoven Symphony No.9 alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Oliver Gooch on 16 March.
Kian Soltani returns on 23 March after his acclaimed debut at Southbank Centre with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. This time he joins Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic Orchestra to play Elgar Cello Concerto.
George Li joins Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 March to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, part of a programme that also features Khachaturian Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia and Walton Symphony No.1.
Following a critically acclaimed London conducting debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2017, Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to lead the young musicians in a concert on 12 April. Prieto conducts an exciting programme of Revueltas, Carlos Chávez and Copland.
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the International Piano Series on 2 May, performing a solo recital of works by Bach, Debussy and Rachmaninov.
Martin James Bartlett joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 7 May to perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G, part of a programme that also features the world premiere of Cecilia McDowall Da Vinci Requiem.
Carlos Miguel conducts Ginastera European premiere in return to NDR Elbphilharmonie
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to Hamburg this month to conduct the NDR Elbphilharmonie in a special concert dedicated to the life and work of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera on 26 January 2018.
Prieto is a noted interpreter of Ginastera's work, and for this concert he conducts a programme of Ginastera’s ballet suite, Estancia and his Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, featuring soloist Xavier de Maistre. He also conducts the European premiere of Estudios sinfónicos, a concerto for strings.
Prieto returns to Europe in February for two concerts with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias. He then leads his Louisiana Philharmonia Orchestra in their debut concert at Carnegie Hall on 27 February.
Intermusica artists featured in Best of 2017 critics' picks
At the end of each year we look forward to reading critics’ musical highlights from the last 12 months; we’re delighted to see many of our artists featured in a host of such round-ups.
A standout achievement of the year was Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi 450 tour, which was praised globally. The tour commemorated the 450th anniversary of the composer’s death and visited the Berlin Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, the new National Forum of Music in Wrocław, and the Salzburg, Edinburgh International and Lucerne festivals, as well as Bristol’s Colston Hall, Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana and a historic residency at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the composer's adopted home. Hugh Canning in the Sunday Times praised it as “dazzling”, while it was also chosen as one of the highlights of the year by the Guardian and Alex Ross of the New Yorker, who praised the “deft, vivid” productions that confirmed that “the first great opera composer remains the master of the game.” It was also chosen by the Herald Scotland, The Arts Desk, New York Classical Review and Chicago Classical Review.
Another highlight was the world premiere run of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Hugh Canning picked it as his operatic highlight of the year in the Sunday Times, and it also featured in round-ups in the Evening Standard, The Arts Desk and The Stage.
Hugh Canning also praised David Butt Philip’s “searing” performance in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.
Nicholas Collon’s Prom with his Aurora Orchestra, in which he conducted Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony from memory, was chosen as one of the Evening Standard’s highlights of the classical year, as was the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester’s visit to London. The orchestra’s performance at the Barbican featured Intermusica artists Leonidas Kavakos and Kirill Gerstein performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, and was part of the orchestra’s 275th anniversary tour, which Intermusica brought to Europe and Asia.
Several Intermusica artists also featured in The Arts Desk’s round-up of the best concerts and opera performances. In the concert round-up, Mark Wigglesworth’s Prom with the BBC Philharmonic was highlighted thanks to a “miraculous” performance of Haydn Symphony No.99. Kian Soltani was highly praised for his performance of Strauss Don Quixote at the Southbank Centre with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, with The Arts Desk writing that it was “quite the most vivid” critic David Nice had heard live. Nice also cited HK Gruber for his performance as conductor and chansonnier in his Frankenstein!! at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s composer festival.
In The Arts Desk’s opera round-up, Martyn Brabbins’ performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Last Supper with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra “kicked off the year in thoughtful, complex style”, while David Nice also gave special mention to Wallis Giunta, writing that she was the “young singer of the year in my books” for her performances in L'enfant et les sortileges and Trouble in Tahiti in Opera North's well-received Little Greats series of one-act operas. Giunta was also named 'Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera' in the WhatsOnStage Opera Poll.
Meanwhile, Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording of Bach St Matthew Passion, made with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, was chosen as one of Gramophone’s Critics’ Choice, as was Boris Giltburg’s account of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Composer and music writer Robert Hugill picked John Wilson’s recording of Walton’s Façade as one of his top recordings of the year. Also featured were Sir James MacMillan’s “powerful” Stabat Mater and Martyn Brabbins’ latest entry in the Romantic Piano Concerto series for Hyperion, this time featuring the piano concertos of Roger Sacheverell Coke.
The Pavel Haas Quartet once again found great critical success with their latest CD, which featured Dvorák Piano and String Quintets and was made with Boris Giltburg and founder and former member Pavel Nikl. The album was chosen as one of the records of the year by the Boston Globe and WQXR.
Carlos Miguel Prieto & Boris Giltburg return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to Europe this month, starting with concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on 2 and 5 November 2017. Prieto is joined for the concerts by Boris Giltburg, who performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3, alongside works by Shostakovich, Mussorgsky and Gabriela Ortiz.
Giltburg is much praised for his Rachmaninov interpretations, and his latest release of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 (Naxos), also conducted by Prieto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has been met with considerable acclaim:
"One imagines that Giltburg must be thoroughly conversant with Rachmaninov’s recorded legacy but his readings are far from simulacra. Rather than imitating Rachmaninov, Giltburg seems to imbibe the composer’s spirit. Doing so, he provides the best testimony I know of that Rachmaninov’s 116-year-old signature concerto still has a long, healthy life ahead of it."
Following his concerts with the RLPO, Prieto travels to Dublin to conduct the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in a programme of de Falla, Ravel and Nielsen on 10 November. These dates come soon after his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall at the end of October.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Southbank Centre
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 21 October 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall. The concert is part of the Southbank Centre's Belief & Beyond Belief festival and explores themes of judgement. Prieto conducts the orchestra in a programme of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with soloist Hannes Minnaar and Rossini Stabat Mater, for which he is joined by soloists Joyce El-Khoury, Anna Stéphany and Kang Wang.
Prieto’s London debut earlier in 2017 heralded a five-star review from the Daily Telegraph:
"Prieto unleashed the NYO in a searing performance in which everyone gave their brilliant best."
He returns to the UK in November for two concerts with Boris Giltburg and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Carlos Miguel Prieto tours South America with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas
Carlos Miguel Prieto and YOA Orchestra of the Americas embark on a tour of South America this month, beginning with two concerts in Frutillar, Chile, on 21 and 22 July 2017. Prieto led YOA as Principal Conductor from its inception in 2002 until 2011, when he was appointed Music Director.
Following the concerts in Chile, the tour moves on to Argentina, with concerts in Rosario on 24 July and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires on 26 July. Prieto and YOA then travel to São Paulo, Brazil, for concerts on 30 July and 1 and 2 August before travelling along the coast of Brazil to Rio de Janeiro on 3 August. The tour culminates with a concert in Ilhabela, Brazil, on 6 August.
Throughout the tour, the orchestra are joined by multiple different soloists, including Gabriela Montero (piano), Gautier Capucon (cello), Blake Pouliot (violin), the Assad Brothers (guitar), Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (violin) and Ricardo Castro (piano).
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes Minnesota Orchestra debut
Carlos Miguel Prieto steps in to make his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra this week, replacing David Zinman.
Prieto will conduct the orchestra in three concerts on 1, 2 and 3 June at the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, performing a programme of Wagner Tannhäuser Overture, Bloch Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra (with soloist Anthony Ross) and Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra.
Carlos Miguel Prieto Detroit Symphony Orchestra debut
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May with three concerts on 12, 13 and 14 May at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
Prieto conducts the orchestra in a programme of Arturo Márquez Danzón No.2, Bernstein Serenade with soloist Alexandra Soumm, de Falla Three-Cornered Hat and Giménez Las bodas de Luis Alonso.
Prieto's recent highlights have included his London debut conducting the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the Barbican Centre, his debut with the Hallé Orchestra and a return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes London debut at the Barbican with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his London conducting debut this month when he conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the Barbican Centre on 9 April 2017.
Prieto conducts a programme which opens with Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 with soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016, followed by Revueltas Night of the Mayas. The performance, which will be recorded for deferred broadcast on BBC Radio 3, closes with Shostakovich Symphony No.5. Prieto and the orchestra also perform the programme at Leeds Town Hall on 8 April.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with the Hallé Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto ends the month in Manchester, where he makes his debut with the Hallé Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall on 30 March 2017. Prieto conducts the orchestra in a programme of music from the Americas, featuring Revueltas Sensemayá, Copland El Salón México, Gershwin Piano Concerto in F major (with soloist Kathryn Stott) and de Falla Three-Cornered Hat.
Prieto's previous visit to the UK, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2016, was "a blazing success" (Herald Scotland):
"Few [performances of Verdi Requiem], if any, have seemed so true to the nature of the beast as this exceptional performance by the RSNO under Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto... It was like viewing a reconditioned old master, cleaned up to reveal its original brilliance."
Scotsman, five stars
Also in March, Prieto returns to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for two concerts in Poole and Portsmouth on 22 and 23 March. He leads the orchestra in a programme of John Adams The Chairman Dances, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 (with pianist Denis Kozhukhin), Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Gershwin Symphonic Picture from Porgy and Bess.
Carlos Miguel Prieto & Ning Feng return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto and Ning Feng return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic this month for two performances at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall on 23 and 24 February 2017. Prieto conducts a programme of Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919 version) and Revueltas Redes Suite, with Ning joining them to perform Elgar Violin Concerto.
Ning and the orchestra will then record the Elgar Concerto along with the Finzi Violin Concerto for future release on Channel Classics.
Ning’s last appearance with the orchestra was described as “exquisitely performed…Throughout Feng generated an electric atmosphere of an intensity that one rarely encounters…” (Seen and Heard International)
Elsewhere in February, Ning Feng travels to California to make his debut with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra with performances of Bruch Scottish Fantasy taking place on 2, 3 and 4 February, and also makes his debut in the Chamber Music San Francisco series, taking place at San Francisco Conservatory on 7 February, with a programme of Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartok, Stravinsky and Waxman.
Following this, he travels to Canada to appear as soloist on the Beijing Symphony Orchestra’s tour, where he performs the Brahms Violin Concerto at Toronto’s Sony Centre (9 February) and National Arts Centre in Ottawa (12 February).
Ning also performs with Macao Symphony Orchestra once again on 19 February, where he performs Elgar Violin Concerto at St Dominic’s Church.
Prieto's other concerts this month include performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México and the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, and he returns to the UK in March for concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé.
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts closing night of Juilliard Orchestra’s Focus! Festival at Lincoln Center
Carlos Miguel Prieto travels to New York this month to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra in the closing concert of their 33rd annual Focus! festival, “Our Southern Neighbors: The Music of Latin America”, on 27 January 2017 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
The programme includes a New York premiere of Reinaldo Moya Siempre Lunes, Siempre Marzo, Ginastera Harp Concerto (with harpist Katherine Siochi), Revueltas Sensemayá and the world premiere performance of Gabriela Ortiz Hominum: Concerto for Orchestra.
Carlos Miguel Prieto tours Germany & Austria with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, embarks on a tour of Germany and Austria with the orchestra this month, starting on 9 November 2016.
The tour opens with three concerts at the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg on 9, 10 and 11 November, continues to the Rudolf Oetker Halle, Bielefeld on 14 November; the Heinrich-Lades-Halle, Erlangen on 15 November; the Graf-Zeppelin-Haus in Friedrichshafen on 16 November; the Vienna Musikverein on 19 November; the Cologne Philharmonie on 20 November, and ends in the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, on 22 November.
Prieto and the orchestra are joined by pianist Gabriela Montero and trumpeter Pacho Flores, performing a variety of different programmes throughout the tour.
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra this month, conducting the orchestra in three concerts at the Sala São Paulo on 20, 21 and 22 October. Prieto and the orchestra perform a programme of Joplin Treemonisha Suite, Ginastera Piano Concerto No.1 (with soloist Jorge Federico Osorio) and Shostakovich Symphony No.6.
The concerts in São Paulo are the culmination in a series of engagements throughout South America in October. Prieto begins the month with two concerts with the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais on 6 and 7 October, conducting the orchestra in a programme of Bernstein On the Town, Brahms Violin Concerto (with violinist Ji Young Lim) and Revueltas Noche de los Mayas. Following this, he travels to Peru to conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Peru in two concerts at the Gran Teatro Nacional del Perú. These concerts, on 14 and 16 October, feature a programme of Revueltas Homenaje a Federico García Lorca, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 with cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi and Brahms Symphony No.2.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with the Residentie Orkest in Utrecht & The Hague
Carlos Miguel Prieto travels to the Netherlands this month to make his debut with the Residentie Orkest in Utrecht on 30 September 2016.
Prieto conducts the orchestra in two concerts: at Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg on 30 September and the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague on 2 October. The programme features Orthel Scherzo No.2, Khachaturian Violin Concerto in D minor with soloist Simone Lamsma, and three pieces by Ravel: Alborada del gracioso, Rapsodie espagnole and Boléro.
James Ehnes joins Carlos Miguel Prieto & the Orquesta Sinfonica de Minería in Mexico City
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Musical Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Minería, is joined by James Ehnes in Mexico City for two concerts with the orchestra on 20 and 21 August 2016.
Appearing at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Prieto conducts Ehnes in a performance of Barber Violin Concerto, part of a programme that also includes Adam Schoenberg Stars and Bartók Concerto for Orchestra.
Prieto has just finished a tour of Europe with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and he returns to Europe in September to conduct the Residentie Orkest in Utrecht and the Hague with violinist Simone Lamsma.
Ehnes travels to Mexico on the back of two weeks with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, where he performed Strauss Violin Concerto in D minor with Sir Andrew Davis and also play-directed a programme of Elgar, Bach, Puccini and Dvorák.
Carlos Miguel Prieto leads Youth Orchestra of the Americas on European tour
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, leads the orchestra on tour in Europe, including concerts in Estonia (Rapla on 13 July and Tallinn on 15 July), Lithuania (17 July), Poland (Lusławice on 20 July, Lublin on 21 July and Warsaw on 22 July), Vadstena in Sweden on 28 July, Søro Festival in Denmark on 31 July and in Kassel in Germany on 2 August.
Playing different programmes throughout, they will be variously joined by such soloists as Gautier Capuçon (cello), Irina Zahharenkova (piano) and Alexandra Soumm (violin).
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in gala concert with Lang Lang
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra this month, conducting the orchestra's mid-season gala at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on 7 June 2016. Prieto conducts a programme of Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Giménez Las bodas de Luis Alonso, and Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 in C major with soloist Lang Lang.
Prieto begins the month with a return to New Zealand, where he conducts the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on 2 June. The programme for the concert at Auckland Town hall includes a programme of Falla El amor brujo, Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez, Copland El Salón México and Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances.
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts South American celebration with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken this month, conducting two concerts on 29 and 30 April 2016 at the Feierabendhaus der BASF in Ludwigshafen. These concerts mark the Saarbrücken-based orchestra’s first performances in this venue.
The programme for the concerts is a celebration of South American music, including Ginastera Estancia, Dorman Frozen in Time (Simone Rubino, percussion), Galindo Sones de mariachi, Fernández Batuque, Márque Danzón No.2, and Moncayo Huapango.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut conducting the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester this month, performing at the KKL Luzern on 13 March 2016. The programme for the concert includes Chueca Prelude to El Bateo, Gottschalk Grande fantaisie triomphale sur l’hymne national brésilien, Creston Fantasy for Trombone and Orchestra with soloist Peter Moore, Revueltas Sensemaya, Keiko Abe Marimba Concerto ‘The Wave’ with marimba soloist Le Yu, Arturo Márquez Danzón No.2 and Moncayo Huapango.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes Royal Scottish National Orchestra debut with Boris Giltburg
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra this month, conducting three concerts with the orchestra and soloist Boris Giltburg at Caird Hall in Dundee (25 February), Usher Hall in Edinburgh (26 February) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (27 February). Prieto conducts a programme including Shchedrin Concerto for Orchestra No.1, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 with Boris Giltburg and Shostakovich Symphony No. 6.
In the days following these concerts, Prieto continues to work with the orchestra in the studio, recording Rachmaninov Piano Concertos No.2 and No.3 with Giltburg for Naxos.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg alongside James Ehnes
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg in two concerts on 7 and 9 January 2015, both at the Palais de la Musique et Congrés in Strasburg.
Prieto is joined by fellow Intermusica artist James Ehnes, who performs Walton Violin Concerto. The programme is completed by Bernstein Divertimento for Orchestra, Prieto's own arrangement of Falla Three-Cornered Hat Suite and Giménez Las bodas de Luis Alonso.
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts debut San Diego Symphony concerts at Copley Symphony Hall
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut conducting the San Diego Symphony at the Copley Symphony Hall in three concerts from 20 to 22 November 2015. The programme includes the US premiere of Gabriela Ortiz’s timpani concerto Concierto Voltaje with soloist Gabriel Jimenez, as well as Ginastera Estancia Four Dances and Revueltas Night of the Mayas.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & soloist Boris Giltburg
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra this month, giving two performances at the Lighthouse in Poole and at the Portsmouth Guildhall on 14 and 16 October 2015 with Boris Giltburg as soloist in Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2.
The programme for both concerts includes Prieto’s arrangement of Falla Three-Cornered Hat, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor with pianist Boris Giltburg and Stravinsky Petrushka.
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts nine performances with the Mineria Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto gives nine performances this month from 8 August 2015 with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, with whom he is Music Director. Prieto and the hand-picked orchestra perform throughout the month at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico City. Highlights of the summer season include Sibelius Violin Concerto with soloist Augustin Hadelich, Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Britten Sinfonia da Requiem, Sibelius Symphony No.2 and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Vadim Gluzman.
Following the opening concert, further performances take place on 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 August.
Ingrid Fliter joins Carlos Miguel Prieto & Youth Orchestra of the Americas for Canada tour
Carlos Miguel Prieto and Ingrid Fliter embark on a two-week tour of Canada with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, beginning 21 July 2015. As the orchestra’s Music Director, Prieto conducts seven performances with the orchestra, whose membership includes young musicians from 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Ingrid Fliter joins the orchestra for two performances on 21 July at Koerner Hall, Toronto, and the Festival de Lanaudière on 26 July. The tour culminates with two performances at Le Domaine Forget International Festival on 1 and 2 August with soloists Vadim Repin (1 August) and Antonio Meneses (2 August).
Carlos Miguel Prieto performs with Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this month to conduct a concert at the Ravinia Festival on 17 July 2015. Prieto conducts Falla 7 canciones populares Españolas with soloists Michelle DeYoung, Kevin Murphy and Dubravka Tomšič, Beethoven Symphony No.5 and his own arrangement of Falla Three-Cornered Hat: Suite.
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa and Orquesta de Valencia
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to Spain for two separate engagements this month. On 4 and 5 June 2015, Prieto conducts the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa at the Euskalduna Palace, where they will perform a programme of Strauss Tod und Verklärung and Four Last Songs with soprano Measha Brueggergosman, followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
On 19 June, Prieto returns to conduct the Orquesta de Valencia at the Palau de la Musica. Prieto and the orchestra are joined by pianist Leonel Morales for Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3, part of a programme that is completed by Mussorgsky Khovanshchina and Revueltas Night of the Mayas.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to the UK to make his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for two performances at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 23 and 26 April.
Prieto will conduct a varied programme that includes several works by Ravel, Giovanni Sollima Double Concerto with soloists Giovanni Sollima and Jonathan Aasgaard, Falla Three-Cornered Hat Suite (arr. Prieto), Chávez Sinfonia India, Moncayo Huapango and Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme with cellist Giovanni Sollima.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his UK debut with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his UK conducting debut on 5 March, conducting the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for the first time.
The concert will be broadcast live from Glasgow City Halls on BBC Radio 3. The performance will open with Liszt Hamlet (Symphonic Poem No.10), James MacMillan The Berserking (Piano Concerto No.1) with soloist Peter Donohoe, and will end with excerpts from Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, Op.64.
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in December, with concerts on 18, 19 and 20 December at the Symphony Center. Prieto will conduct works including Revueltas Sensemayá, MacMillan Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé: Suite and Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra.
Also in December, Prieto makes his debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon when he conducts the orchestra in three performances at the Auditorium de Lyon (11 and 13 December) and at the Théâtre du Vellein, Villefontaine. The programme for each of the concerts includes Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos Nos.1 and 2 with soloist Truls Mørk, Ives Three Places in New England and Gershwin Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut with NDR Sinfonieorchester
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut this month with the NDR Sinfonieorchester, conducting two pieces at the Kampnagel, Hamburg on 21 and 22 November.
The performances feature a varied programme that includes Revueltas Sensemayá, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with Gabriela Montero, Ginastera Estancia: Four Dances, Chavez Sinfonia India, Marquez Danzón No.2 and Moncayo Huapango.
Carlos Miguel Prieto tours Youth Orchestra of the Americas to the Caribbean
In July 2014, conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto toured the Caribbean with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA). Prieto, the orchestra’s Music Director, conducted four historic performances during this tour, three of which took place in Jamaica; these performances marked the first symphony concerts in Jamaica in 50 years and were attended by the Prime Minister of Jamaica.
Speaking after these performances, Prieto commented, “I really hope that everyone here was able to see that music is love and excitement and happiness. And I'm really glad we could bring this experience to Jamaica".
The tour also included special education-based projects on three Caribbean islands: Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. Focusing on repertoire inspired by the vibrant cultural voices of the Caribbean Islands, Prieto and the musicians mentored local children, trained teachers and performed side-by-side concerts with regional youth orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ).
Launched in 2009 with support from a group of founding partners including YOA, NYOJ has become an emblem of social transformation in the Caribbean, with thriving centres throughout Kingston’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods and beyond.
Carlos Miguel Prieto makes debut with NDR Hannover at the Rheingau Festival
On 12 July, Carlos Miguel Prieto makes his debut with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, when he will conduct the orchestra at their performance at the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden as part of the Rheingau Festival.
The programme opens with Bernstein Candide Overture, followed by Gershwin Porgy and Bess: Symphonic Picture and Rhapsody in Blue with soloist Makoto Ozone. The concert closes with Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances.