Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo and is now entering his fourteenth season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Caminos del Inka, a non-profit organization dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the Americas.
Inspired by the ancient melodies of the Inca Trail, Mr. Harth-Bedoya created Caminos del Inka as a modern-day laboratory to discover, perform and promote the rich musical legacy of the Americas through research, new commissions and educational projects, as well as orchestral and chamber music performances. Presenters of Caminos del Inka concerts include the Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, KohoBeat in Helsinki, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Texas Christian University.
Miguel Harth-Bedoya has appeared numerous times with most of the major orchestras in the United States. Recent appearances include the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony as well as Grant Park, Aspen, and the Grand Teton Music Festivals and the Hollywood Bowl. Worldwide, he has appeared with the Aarhus Symphony, Bremen Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Göteborg Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tampere Philhamonic, Malmö Symphony, MDR Orchestra/Leipzig, National Orchestra of Spain, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid, Radio Orchestra of Madrid, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Royal Scottish Orchestra, RTE National Symphony/Dublin, BBC Scottish Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and the New Zealand Symphony. In November 2010, Mr. Harth-Bedoya joined soprano Renée Fleming for a tour of performances with five Scandinavian orchestras, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Danish National Symphony.
In the 2013/14 season Harth-Bedoya begins his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Symphony. Other engagements include a tour with the National Orchestra of Spain and tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as well as returns to the Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Aarhus Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, and Helsinki Philharmonic. On the academic side, Harth-Bedoya has been engaged as a Regent’s Lecturer for a Caminos del Inka series at UCLA.
Equally at home in the theater, Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct the world premiere of Cold Mountain by Jennifer Higdon at the Santa Fe Opera in 2015. He has also conducted productions with the Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and the English National Opera in London. Festival appearances include Aspen, Chautauqua, Grant Park, Grand Teton, Music Academy of the West, Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Round Top, Tanglewood and Vail.
Mr. Harth-Bedoya’s recordings include Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago with the Chicago Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma, which was nominated for Grammy awards in two categories in 2009. In December 2011, Deutsche Grammophon released Nazareno, a highly acclaimed recording of music by Osvaldo Golijov with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque. In 2009, Kultur released a DVD of Puccini’s La Bohème directed by Jonathan Miller and conducted by Mr. Harth-Bedoya at the English National Opera in London. With the Fort Worth Symphony, he has recorded Sentimiento Latino with tenor Juan Diego Flórez (for Decca), as well as Take 6 celebrating the orchestra’s composers-in-residence project, an all-Tchaikovsky CD and a world-premiere bilingual recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, featuring narrations in Spanish and English with Michael York. His Caminos del Inka recordings include and INTI: Three Centuries of Peruvian Music, and SUR, including works by Enrique Soro, Esteban Benzecry, Adolfo Mejía and Claudio Rebagliati.
A champion of new music, Mr. Harth-Bedoya has conducted many world premieres, both in Fort Worth and elsewhere. In 2012/2013 he directed the celebration of the FWSO’s Centennial Season, which included the world premiere of Perú Negro by Jimmy López and the Take 6 recording with works by Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts, Gabriela Frank, Behzad Ranjbaran, Peter Boyer, and John B. Hedges.
Mr. Harth-Bedoya has also served as Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia, Eugene Symphony, Lima Philharmonic, and the New York Youth Symphony (Carnegie Hall). He is the winner of the 2002 Seaver/NEA Conductors Award. Born and raised in Peru, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers include Otto-Werner Mueller, Seiji Ozawa and Gustav Meier.
Mr. Harth-Bedoya currently makes his home in Fort Worth with his wife Maritza and their three children, Elena, Emilio, and Elisa.
For more information, visit www.miguelharth-bedoya.com