Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA has recently been appointed Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, a post that begins in the 2013/14 season. Now in his thirteenth 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. The multimedia orchestral program, Caminos del Inka, was premiered by the Chicago Symphony and also performed by the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, Fort Worth Symphony, Grant Park Festival, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, and worldwide, by KohoBeat in Helsinki, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile and the Residentie Orkest in The Hague.
During the 2012/13 season, Mr. Harth-Bedoya’s guest conducting appearances included the BBC Scottish Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, MDR Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Prague Symphony, the RTVE/Madrid and the Sydney Symphony, among others. Festival appearances included Aspen, Grand Teton and Grant Park. Highlights of his 2013/14 season include invitations to the Atlanta Symphony, Chicago Symphony, North Carolina Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the Aarhus Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, MDR/Leipzig, National Symphony of Madrid, a mini-tour in Oman and Spain with tenor Juan Diego Florez and the OSCyL/Valladolid, and the Sydney Symphony.
Miguel Harth-Bedoya has appeared numerous times with major North American orchestras such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, North Carolina, Philadelphia and Toronto. Worldwide, he has conducted the Bremen Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Göteborgs Symfoniker, National Orchestra of Spain, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Royal Scottish Orchestra, RTE National Symphony/Dublin and the Tampere Philharmonic. In 2010, Mr. Harth-Bedoya collaborated 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.
Equally at home in the theater, Mr. Harth-Bedoya will conduct the world premiere of Cold Mountain by Jennifer Higdon at the Santa Fe Opera in 2015, with Nathan Gunn in the principal role. 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, Grand Teton, Grant Park, Music Academy of the West, Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Round Top, Tanglewood and Vail.
An active recording artist, Miguel 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 with pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque. Kultur released a DVD of Puccini’s La Bohème, performed at the English National Opera in London, directed by Jonathan Miller and conducted by Mr. Harth-Bedoya during the winter of 2009.
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, which includes works by Enrique Soro, Esteban Benzecry, Adolfo Mejia and Claudio Rebagliati. The FWSO’s Centennial Season, 2012/2013, included the world premiere of Perú Negro by Jimmy López and a new recording, Take Six, which presents works by the Fort Worth Symphony’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. His principal teachers include Otto-Werner Mueller, Seiji Ozawa and Gustav Meier. Winner of the 2002 Seaver/NEA Conductors Award, Miguel 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 currently makes his home in Fort Worth with his wife Maritza and their three children, Elena, Emilio, and Elisa.