Distinguished Guest Professor of Conducting
Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is currently Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo and is in his sixteenth season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
He regularly conducts the upper level of American orchestras including New York, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Seattle, Indianapolis, and the National Symphony. 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 August 2015, Mr. Harth-Bedoya led the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, Cold Mountain, with the Santa Fe Opera. Highlights of his upcoming 2015-2016 season include guest appearances with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra as part of their 50th Anniversary season; Atlanta and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras, New Zealand and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, The Spanish National Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
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, Bremen Philharmonic, Spanish Radio & TV 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. Other noteworthy European performances have included a collaboration with soprano Renée Fleming on a tour to five Scandinavian orchestras, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Danish National Symphony. Mr. Harth-Bedoya also conducted the National Orchestra of Spain on tour with tenor Juan Diego Flórez.
Equally at home in the theatre, Harth-Bedoya has conducted 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.
Mr. Harth-Bedoya is the Founder and Artistic Director of Caminos del Inka, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, preserving and disseminating the rich musical legacy of the Americas through cultural and musical research, composition, publication, performance, education and outreach. The organization’s multimedia orchestral program, Caminos del Inka: A Musical Journey, was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and 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 include two discs with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra 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. His recording of Violin Concertos by Bartók and Mendelssohn with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and acclaimed violinist Augustin Hadelich was also released on Avie in spring, 2015. 2016 has seen two additional releases on Harmonia Mundi: the first of two CDs of Prokofiev Piano Concertos with Mr. Kholodenko and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and an all-orchestral recording of Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra and Schoenberg’s orchestration of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor.
Miguel Harth-Bedoya’sdiscography also 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 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; SUR, (part of Mr. Harth-Bedoya’s Caminos del Inka project) which includes works by Enrique Soro, Esteban Benzecry, Adolfo Mejia and Claudio Rebagliati; and Take Six, a disc with 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.
“The most sublime musical experience I’ve had anytime recently happened Saturday night at Bass Performance Hall. It was the Adagio of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, led by its music director, Miguel Harth-Bedoya…”
—Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News