Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is a master of colour, drawing idiomatic interpretations from a wide range of repertoire in concerts across the globe.
He has amassed considerable experience at the helm of orchestras with 2019/20 his seventh season as Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and his 20th season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Previously he has held Music Director positions with the Auckland Philharmonia and Eugene Symphony.
Harth-Bedoya regularly conducts the upper level of American orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cleveland, Minnesota, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras. Following his exceptional tenure as Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the early years of his career, Harth-Bedoya’s “special chemistry” (LA Times) with the orchestra remains strong and he returns each season as a guest conductor.
With his experienced toolkit and exceptional charisma, Harth-Bedoya has nurtured a number of close relationships with orchestras worldwide and is a frequent guest of the Helsinki Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, National Orchestra of Spain, Atlanta Symphony, New Zealand Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. During the 19/20 season he conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, National Orchestra of Spain, New World Symphony and returns to Australia with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Recent seasons have featured concerts with the London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Zurich Tonhalle, Danish National Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, RTVE Madrid and Barcelona Symphony Orchestras, and in 2016 he made his Japanese debut conducting both the NHK and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras.
In 2015 Harth-Bedoya conducted the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s first opera Cold Mountain at Santa Fe Opera the recording of which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Previous opera engagements include a new production of La Bohème at English National Opera directed by Jonathan Miller and appearances with the Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera and Santa Fe Opera. He has led two productions of Golijov’s Ainadamar, with the Cincinnati Opera and at the New Zealand Festival.
With a passionate devotion to unearthing new South American repertoire, Miguel Harth-Bedoya is the founder and Artistic Director of Caminos Del Inka, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching, performing and preserving the rich musical legacy of South America. He commissioned moving images to accompany a symphonic programme and the resulting multimedia project has so far been performed by the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Residentie Orkest and MDR Sinfonie Leipzig. In June 2017 he launched an online catalogue www.latinorchestralmusic.com
Harth-Bedoya’s impressive discography includes releases on Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Gramophone, Decca, FWSO Live and Naxos and has gathered a number of awards including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone (piano concertos by Grieg and Saint-Saëns) and two Grammy nominations (Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago with the Chicago Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma). Recent releases include Mussorgsky arr Gorchakov Pictures at an Exhibition and Prokofiev Cinderella (FWSO Live), Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra and Brahms arr Schoenberg Piano Quartet, orchestral works by Jimmy Lopez and the complete Prokofiev Piano Concertos with Cliburn winner Vadym Kholodenko (Harmonia Mundi). Previous releases include music by Osvaldo Golijov with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Deutsche Grammophon) and Sentimiento Latino with Juan Diego Flores (Decca).
Harth-Bedoya is an environmental activist who is committed to a zero waste lifestyle, and co-founded a food composting company in his home state of Texas.
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, conducts them in their electrifying season opening concert (13 – 15 September) with Yekwon Sunwoo performing Rachmaninov’s explosive Third Piano Concerto, a world premiere by TCU’s Till MacIvor Meyn and Brahms’ impassioned Symphony No. 4.
Miguel Harth-Bedowa conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga for an evening of South American Sounds including Ginastera Harp Concerto and Piazzolla’s Tangazo (9 August)
Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts three concerts in Madrid with a programme including works by Garcia Abril, and Grieg, and Bartok’s Violin Concerto No 2 with Augustin Hadelich as soloist.
This week, Miguel Harth-Bedoya is conducting two concerts titled ‘On the Waterfront’ with a programme including Gershiwin, Copland, Barber, Higdon and Bernstein. Soloist, Martin Frost will perform Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.
This week, both Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Avi Avital perform with Norwegian Radio Orchestra in a concert including Winter-Hjelm: Symphony No 2, Tcvhaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Concertos for Mandolin by Vivaldi and Dorman.
This week, Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in three concerts named ‘South American Sounds’.
This week sees conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and violinist Stefan Jackiw join forces with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for a programme of Brahms Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4…
This week, Miguel Harth-Bedoya will be conducting the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo.
Carlos Kalmar and Miguel Harth-Bedoya both feature in the 2017 Grant Park Music Festival