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NYO-USA 2021 Guest Artists

Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor

Known for his charismatic conducting and dynamic, expressive interpretations, Carlos Miguel Prieto is recognized as an influential cultural leader and the foremost Mexican conductor of his generation. Since 2007, he has been music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, and since ...

Known for his charismatic conducting and dynamic, expressive interpretations, Carlos Miguel Prieto is recognized as an influential cultural leader and the foremost Mexican conductor of his generation. Since 2007, he has been music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, and since 2006, he has been music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, where he led the cultural renewal of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, he was appointed music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería.

Recent highlights include debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and LA Phil New Music Group, and returns to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, The Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Mr. Prieto is in demand as a guest conductor with top North American orchestras, including those in Cleveland, Dallas, Toronto, and Houston, and has enjoyed a particularly successful relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

A staunch proponent of music education, Mr. Prieto has served as principal conductor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas since its inception in 2002; in 2011 he was appointed music director. He has also worked regularly with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and NYO2. Mr. Prieto is renowned for championing Latin American music and new music and has conducted more than 100 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers, many of which he commissioned.

Mr. Prieto’s extensive discography includes recent Naxos recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Études-Tableaux, Op. 33, with Boris Giltburg and the Royal Scottish National Symphony (Opus Klassik Award, Gramophone Critics’ Choice), and Korngold’s Violin Concerto with Philippe Quint and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, which received two Grammy nominations. His recording of the Elgar and Finzi violin concertos with Ning Feng was released on Channel Classics in November 2018.

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

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NYO-USA 2021 Faculty

Carlos Miguel Prieto, 2021 Guest Conductor

James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor
Julie Desbordes, Assistant Conductor

David Chan, Concertmaster, The MET Orchestra
Ying Fu, Associate Concertmaster, National Symphony Orchestra
Beth Guterman Chu, Principal Viola, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Mark Kosower, Principal Cello, The Cleveland Orchestra
Maximilian Dimoff, Principal Bass, The Cleveland Orchestra

Demarre McGill, Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony
Robert Walters, Solo English Horn, The Cleveland Orchestra
Diana Haskell, Associate Principal Clarinet, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Catherine Chen, Principal Bassoon, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

William VerMeulen, Principal Horn, Houston Symphony
Karin Bliznik, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Craig Knox, Principal Tuba, Pittsburgh Symphony

Jauvon Gilliam, Principal Timpani, National Symphony Orchestra
Marc Damoulakis, Principal Percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra

Faculty subject to change.

Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.

Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Major funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Carl Jacobs Foundation, JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.

Additional funding has been provided by Sarah Arison, The Jack Benny Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation, IAC, and The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation.

Blavatnik Family Foundation

Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

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