Carlos Miguel Prieto
Carlos Miguel Prieto is a Mexican conductor and violinist. He is the Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in his native Mexico, and of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas (2011-current) in the United States.
Conducting career 
Carlos Miguel Prieto became Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico in 2007, and of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in 2008. He was named Music Director Designate of the Louisian Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2004-05 season, and began his tenure in 2005. Having served as principal conductor of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) from its inception in 2002 until 2011, when he was appointed music director in 2011. In addition to his present directorships, Maestro Prieto served as music director of Alabama’s Huntsville Symphony for eight years (2003-2011). He is the founder and music director of the Mozart-Haydn Festival, an annual series of six concerts dedicated to the symphonic music of these two composers. Earlier posts at the beginning of his career included music directorships with the Mexico City Philharmonic (1998 - 2002) and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa (2002-2007), and serving as assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra (2003-2006).
Prieto is regarded as an exciting and insightful communicator who is renowned for his charismatic presence on the conductor’s podium and his versatile command of various composers and styles. He is considered one of the most dynamic young conductors on the classical stage today.
A champion of contemporary music, Mr. Prieto has conducted over 50 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers, many of which were commissioned by him.
As a guest conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto performs worldwide. Among his numerous North American guest conducting credits are the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Houston, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Colorado, Honolulu, Winnipeg, and San Antonio, and the philharmonic orchestras of Florida, New Mexico, Dayton, North Carolina, Naples and Calgary, and every major orchestra in Mexico. He has conducted orchestras throughout Europe, Russia, Israel and Latin America, including the New Japan Philharmonic in Japan, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra in Utrecht, to name a few.
Carlos Miguel Prieto has recorded for the Urtext, Sony Classical, Naxos, and Avanticlassic labels. For Urtext, he has made a series of recordings of Latin American and Mexican music. His 2009 recording of Korngold's Violin Concerto with violinist Philippe Quint and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería for Naxos received a Grammy nomination. Prieto's most recent recording is a 2012 Avanticlassic CD, also with Quint and Orquest Minería, of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor op. 26,Ludwig van Beethoven's Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G major op. 40, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Violin Concerto in E minor op. 64, and Beethoven's Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major op. 50.
As A Violinist 
An accomplished violinist, Carlos Miguel Prieto has played as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, and has participated in the music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, Interlochen, San Miguel Allende and Cervantino. Continuing a family tradition that reaches back four generations (Carlos Miguel Prieto is the son of Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto), he also has been a member of the Cuarteto Prieto, with which he has performed in the most important halls of Mexico, in the U.S., and throughout Europe.
Awards and Honors 
Among the honors bestowed upon Carlos Miguel Prieto are the Order of Orange-Nassau, Grade of Officer, from the government of the Netherlands Kingdom, “Conductor of the Year 2002”, from the Mexican Union of Music and Theatre Critics, and the Mozart Medal of Honor presented by the Government of Mexico and the Embassy of Austria in 1998. In 2007, Prieto served as Mexico’s delegate to the Davos World Economic Forum.
A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Universities (where he was concertmaster of the orchestra), Carlos Miguel Prieto studied conducting with Jorge Mester, Enrique Diemecke, Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo.