Carlos Miguel Prieto’s charismatic conducting and expressive interpretations have led to major engagements and popular acclaim throughout North America and Europe. He is in great demand as a guest conductor with many of the top North American orchestras, and enjoys a particularly close and successful relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Prieto is recognized as the leading Mexican conductor of his generation; he has served as music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México—the country’s most important orchestra—since 2007. The following year, he was appointed music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. Mr. Prieto is renowned for championing Latin American music and has conducted more than 100 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers, many of which he commissioned.
The 2016–2017 season was Mr. Prieto’s 11th as music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has led the cultural renewal of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and oversaw the triumphant return of the orchestra to its home at the Orpheum Theater. The numerous international soloists—such as Joshua Bell, Augustin Hadelich, and Yo-Yo Ma—who now appear with the orchestra are a testament to his leadership.
Mr. Prieto’s 2017–2018 season includes debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and LA Phil New Music Group, as well as return engagements with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Future appearances include returns to the Hallé Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as regular engagements in Spain conducting the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Orquesta de Valencia, and Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias.
Since 2002, alongside Gustavo Dudamel, Mr. Prieto has conducted the YOA Orchestra of the Americas, which draws young musicians from the entire American continent. A staunch proponent of music education, Mr. Prieto served as principal conductor of YOA from its inception until 2011, when he was appointed music director.
Mr. Prieto has an extensive discography on labels that include Naxos and Sony. Recent recordings include works by Bruch, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn with violinist Philippe Quint and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Avanti Classic), as well as Korngold’s Violin Concerto (Naxos), which received two Grammy nominations. Future releases include recordings with Boris Giltburg (Naxos) and Ning Feng (Channel Classics).
A graduate of Princeton and Harvard universities, Mr. Prieto studied conducting with Jorge Mester, Enrique Diemecke, Charles Bruck, and Michael Jinbo.
Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time. His flawless technique, combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit, has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy Award winner, also named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year (2012), is sought after around the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and performs with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.
Highlights of recent years include the acclaimed recording and performances of J. S. Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin. In addition to championing these solo works, he will join pianist and long-time duo partner Akira Eguchi in recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in the coming seasons.
Mr. Shaham regularly appears with such orchestras as the Berliner Philharmonikier, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and San Francisco Symphony. He also has held multi-year residencies with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, earning multiple Grammy Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice honors. Many of these recordings appear on Canary Classics, the label he founded in 2004. His CDs include 1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 1; Sarasate: Virtuoso Violin Works; Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies; The Butterfly Lovers Concerto for Violin / Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; and many more. His second volume in the 1930s Violin Concertos series—which includes Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2—was nominated for a Grammy.
Mr. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 2008. He plays the 1699 “Countessa, Princess de Polignac, Bardsley” Stradivarius. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.
James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor
Ruth Reinhart, Assistant Conductor
Benjamin Bowman, Concertmaster, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Alex Kerr, Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Inoel Jirou, Principal Second Violin, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra
Amy Oshiro-Morales, Second Violin, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Jonathan Chu, Assistant Principal Viola, St. Louis Symphony
Eric Nowlin, Principal Viola, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Melissa Brooks, Associate Principal Cello, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Elliott, Professor of Cello, University of Michigan
Blake Hinson, Assistant Principal Bass, New York Philharmonic
Ali Yazdanfar, Principal Bass, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Seth Morris, Acting Principal Flute, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Stephanie Mortimore, Principal Piccolo, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Pedro Díaz, Solo English Horn, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboe, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Alex Laing, Principal Clarinet, Phoenix Symphony
Ricardo Morales, Principal Clarinet, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Rudi Heinrich, Assistant Principal Bassoon, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Rufus Olivier, Jr., Principal Bassoon, San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras
Michelle Baker, Second Horn (Retired), The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Denise Tyron, Professor of Horn, Peabody Conservatory of Music
Karin Bliznik, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Symphony
Tage Larsen, Fourth/Utility Trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Ava Ordman, Professor of Trombone, Michigan State University
Chris Hall, Principal Tuba, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Kyle Turner, Principal Tuba, Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Jason Haaheim, Principal Timpani, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Don Liuzzi, Principal Timpani, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Marc Damoulakis, Principal Percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra
Jacob Nissly, Principal Percussion, San Francisco Symphony
Jessica Zhou, Principal Harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Brett Rowe, Collaborative/Orchestral Keyboard