Since its foundation in 1978, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería has become an integral part of Mexico's cultural life for its challenging repertoire of works never or rarely heard in the country and its ongoing interest in institutionalizing excellence. Currently, under Artistic Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, it has taken its place as one of the most dynamic, attractive and prestigious ensembles in Latin America, as evidenced by its Grammy nomination for its recording of the Korngold Violin Concerto with Philippe Quint.
In addition to collaborating with leading international artists such as Augustin Hadelich, Alban Gerhardt, Vadim Gluzman, Julian Rachlin, Philippe Quint, Asier Polo, Anne-Marie McDermott, Diana Damrau, Elina Garanca, Juan Diego Florez, Javier Camarena, Nadine Sierra, Paquito de Rivera, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Minería has also commissioned dozens of works by composers such as Arturo Marquez, Gabriela Ortiz, Mario Lavista, Federico Ibarra, Javier Alvarez, and many others.
Their most recent album is Estirpe (2022; Universal Music), recorded with trumpeter Pacho Flores with the aim of renewing the contemporary Latin American repertoire for trumpet and symphony orchestra with new works by Arturo Márquez, Daniel Freiberg, Paquito D'Rivera, Efraín Oscher, and Pacho Flores. Currently, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería is recording the complete works of Silvestre Revueltas.
The Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería will tour the United States in 2023 and will have a residency at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in 2024.
Known for his charisma and expressive interpretations, conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto is an influential cultural leader, educator, and a champion of new music. He starts his tenure as Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony at the beginning of the 2023-24 season, alongside his roles as Music Director of Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería since 2008, Music Director of Orchestra of the Americas since 2011, and Conductor Laureate of Louisiana Philharmonic. Prieto appears regularly with ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (D.C.), London Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Hallé Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Spanish National Orchestra. In summer of 2023, he made his BBC Proms debut at Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Renowned for championing Latin American and new music, he has conducted over 100 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers, many of which were commissioned by him. Prieto places equal importance on championing works by Black and African American composers such as Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Courtney Bryan, among others.
With an extensive discography spanning the Naxos and Sony labels, recent recordings include Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Études tableaux, Op. 33, with Boris Giltburg and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra RSNO, which won a 2018 Opus Klassik award and was listed as a Gramophone’s Critics’ Choice; and his 2017 recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto with violinist Philippe Quint and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería received two Grammy nominations. His recording of the Elgar and Finzi Violin Concertos with Ning Feng was released on Channel Classics in November 2018.
Prieto was recognized by Musical America as the 2019 Conductor of the Year. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard universities, Prieto studied conducting with Jorge Mester, Enrique Diemecke, Charles Bruck, and Michael Jinbo.