Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is currently Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Oslo and is in his fifteenth season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
He regularly conducts the upper level of American orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cleveland, Minnesota, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras. Following his exceptional tenure as Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1998-2004), Harth-Bedoya’s connection with the orchestra remains strong and he frequently returns as a guest conductor. He is also a regular guest at major North American festivals, including Aspen, Tanglewood, Vail, Ravinia, Grant Park, Oregon Bach, and Grand Teton.
In Europe, he has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra de Paris, NDR Orchestra in Hamburg, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, National Orchestra of Spain, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and is a regular guest with the Helsinki Philharmonic. In Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Harth-Bedoya has conducted the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and previously toured Japan with the Juilliard Orchestra.
Equally at home in the theatre, in summer 2015 he will conduct the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, Cold Mountain, for Santa Fe Opera. Other opera productions include La bohème at English National Opera directed by Jonathan Miller (which was released on DVD by the Kultur label), Barber of Seville with the Canadian Opera Company, Tosca and Un Ballo in Maschera for Minnesota Opera, and productions of Golijov’s Ainadamar with the Cincinnati Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and last season at the New Zealand Festival.
Guest appearances this season include concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Spanish Radio & TV Orchestra, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, among others. Mr. Harth-Bedoya’s 2013-14 season included an international tour in Oman and Spain with tenor Juan Diego Flórez and the National Orchestra of Spain, and a performance leading the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. Previous guest appearances have included a collaboration with 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.
Mr. Harth-Bedoya is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Caminos del Inka, a non-profit organization dedicated to performing and promoting the music by South American composers. The organization’s multimedia orchestral program, Caminos del Inka: A Musical Journey, was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and also performed by the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Grant Park Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and worldwide by the Leipzig Radio Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and the Residentie Orkest in The Hague.
An active recording artist, Mr. Harth-Bedoya’s recording projects in 2014-2015 include three discs for Harmonia Mundi: a world premiere recording devoted to the symphonic works of Peruvian composer Jimmy López and piano concertos by Grieg and Saint-Saëns with 2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko, both with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra; and the first of five planned recordings of the Prokofiev Piano Concertos with Mr. Kholodenko and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. His recording of Violin Concertos by Bartók and Mendelssohn with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and acclaimed violinist Augustin Hadelich will be released on Avie this spring.
Miguel Harth-Bedoya’s discography includes Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago with the Chicago Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma, which was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2009. In December 2011, Deutsche Grammophon released Nazareno, a highly acclaimed recording of music by Osvaldo Golijov, Ginastera and Revueltas with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and with pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque.
With the Fort Worth Symphony, he has recorded Sentimiento Latino with Juan Diego Flórez (for Decca); the world-premiere bilingual recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, featuring narrations in Spanish and English with Michael York; and SUR, (part of Mr. Harth-Bedoya’s Caminos del Inka project) which includes works by Enrique Soro, Esteban Benzecry, Adolfo Mejia and Claudio Rebagliati. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Centennial Season in 2012-13 included the world premiere of Perú Negro by Jimmy López, and Take Six, a disc including world premiere recordings by the FWSO’s previous composers-in-residence: Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts, Gabriela Frank, Behzad Ranjbaran, Peter Boyer, and John B. Hedges.
Born and raised in Peru, Mr. Harth-Bedoya received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. He studied conducting under Otto-Werner Mueller as well as with Seiji Ozawa and Gustav Meier at Tanglewood. Winner of the 2002 Seaver/NEA Conductors Award, Mr. Harth-Bedoya was previously Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, and Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen. He also served as Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), Eugene Symphony (Oregon), Lima Philharmonic (Peru), and the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
He 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