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NYO-USA 2020 Guest Artists

Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor

Carlos Miguel Prieto (Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year) has led acclaimed performances with orchestras throughout the Americas, Europe, and beyond. Since 2005, he has been  ...

Carlos Miguel Prieto (Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year) has led acclaimed performances with orchestras throughout the Americas, Europe, and beyond. Since 2005, he has been music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has been a part of the cultural revitalization of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In February 2018, he led the orchestra in its Carnegie Hall debut with a program that celebrated the 80th birthday of Philip Glass.

In the 2019–2020 season, Mr. Prieto makes his debut with the Utah Symphony, and returns to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In past seasons, he has led the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, The Hallé, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC), Orquesta de Valencia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and RTVE Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Prieto is music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México (OSN) and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. Renowned for championing new Latin American music, Mr. Prieto led the OSN on a critically acclaimed tour of Germany and Austria in November 2016, featuring works by Mexican and Latin American composers.

Mr. Prieto served as principal conductor of The Orchestra of the Americas from its inception until 2011, when he was appointed music director. In the summer of 2019, Mr. Prieto led the orchestra on tour in Mexico; in the summer of 2020, the ensemble will tour the United States. He led Carnegie Hall’s NYO2 in 2018 and 2019, and returns to lead the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) in performances at Carnegie Hall and on a North American tour in the summer of 2020.

Mr. Prieto’s discography includes Pan-American Reflections, featuring works by Copland and Chávez with The Orchestra of the Americas; works by Bruch, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn with Philippe Quint; a twice-Grammy-nominated recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto; and a 12-DVD set of the complete Mahler symphonies released as part of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería’s 35th season.

In April 2018, Mr. Prieto was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music by Loyola University New Orleans. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.

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Midori, Violin

Midori is a visionary artist, activist, and educator whose career transcends traditional boundaries through her relentless drive to build connections between music and the human experience.  ...

Midori is a visionary artist, activist, and educator whose career transcends traditional boundaries through her relentless drive to build connections between music and the human experience. She brings the same innovation and insight that has made her a leading concert violinist for more than 35 years to her other roles as a global cultural ambassador and a dedicated music educator.

Known for her ability to move audiences with her precision and expression, Midori has performed with, among others, the London, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, and Czech philharmonics; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She has collaborated with such outstanding musicians as Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Emanuel Ax, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, Antonello Manacorda, Constantinos Carydis, Omer Meir Wellber, Yo-Yo Ma, Susanna Mälkki, and Menahem Pressler.

Midori’s recent and upcoming engagements include tours of Europe with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Japan with the Estonian Festival Orchestra and Paavo Järvi, and Asia with the Lucerne Festival Strings. She also undertakes a worldwide recital tour with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and makes guest appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo, and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra.

This season, Midori presents compositions by living female composers as part of a project dedicated to promoting contemporary music. She also premieres a new violin concerto by Detlev Glanert. Midori inspired Péter Eötvös to compose the violin concerto DoReMi; other commissions and world premieres have included works by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Brett Dean, and Johannes Maria Staud.

Midori’s diverse discography includes sonatas by Bloch, Janáček, and Shostakovich performed with pianist Özgür Aydin, and a 2013 Grammy Award–winning recording of Hindemith’s Violin Concerto with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the NDR Symphony Orchestra. The two-CD set of her highly acclaimed interpretation of J. S. Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin was released in 2015, followed in 2017 by a DVD recording.

Midori heads several longstanding nonprofit organizations, including Midori & Friends, MUSIC SHARING, Partners in Performance, and more, which promote access to classical music traditions and youth engagement with the performing arts. Since the fall of 2018, Midori has been on the violin faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music; in October 2019, she was appointed to the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies. She holds guest appointments at institutions around the US and Asia.

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James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor

Alex Kerr, Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Kimberly Fischer, Principal Second Violin, The Philadelphia Orchestra
CarlaMaria Rodrigues, Principal Viola, San Francisco Opera
Mark Kosower, Principal Cello, The Cleveland Orchestra
Robin Kesselman, Principal Bass, Houston Symphony

Seth Morris, Principal Flute, The MET Orchestra
Erica Peel, Piccolo and Flute, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Erik Behr, Principal Oboe, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Walters, Solo English Horn, The Cleveland Orchestra
Alex Laing, Principal Clarinet, Phoenix Symphony
Alcides Rodriguez, Bass Clarinet and Clarinet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Lori Wike, Principal Bassoon, Utah Symphony

William VerMeulen, Principal Horn, Houston Symphony
Karin Bliznik, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Vaughn, Co-Principal Trombone, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Craig Knox, Principal Tuba, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Jauvon Gilliam, Principal Timpani, National Symphony Orchestra
Don Liuzzi, Principal Timpani, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Marc Damoulakis, Principal Percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra
Charles Settle, Principal Percussion, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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.

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NYO-USA Sponsor: United Airlines®, Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.

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, and Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation.

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Public funding has been provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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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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