Carlos Prieto (cellist)

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Carlos Prieto
Carlos Prieto, cellista mexicano.JPG
Background information
Born 1937
Origin Mexico City, Mexico
Genres Classical
Occupations cellist
Website Official site

Carlos Prieto (born 1937) is a Mexican cellist and writer.[1] He plays a Stradivarius cello named the "Piatti" after Carlo Alfredo Piatti, affectionatelly nicknamed "Chelo Prieto" by the current owner.[2] He is a promoter of contemporary, original classical instrument music by Latin American composers. The Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition [3] is held every two years in Mexico. His son, Carlos Miguel Prieto, is music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico.

The early years[edit]

Prieto began playing the cello at age four, studying under the instruction of Hungarian cellist Imre Hartman and also Mexican cellist Manuel Garnica Fierro. He continued his instruction at the National Conservatory of Music, with Pierre Fournier in Geneva, and Leonard Rose in New York. He also studied engineering and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),[4] university which appointed him in 1993 member of its Department of Music and Theater Arts Visiting Committee.

Music career[edit]

He has played with orchestras from all over the world, the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Chamber Orchestra of the European Union, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, the Irish National Orchestra, the MAV Budapest Orchestra and many others. He has been invited to many of the world’s most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall[5] and Lincoln Center in New York,[6] Kennedy Center in Washington; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles; Roy Thomson in Toronto; Barbican Hall and Wigmore Hall in London; Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel in Paris; Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia; Auditorio Nacional in Madrid; The Beijing and Shangai Concert Halls; the Europalia, Granada, Berlin Festivals, etc.[7]

In 2007-2011 he played a series of concerts with Yo-Yo Ma in Mexico, Caracas, Spain and Chicago.[8]

He is since 1995 Chairman of the Foundation of the Conservatory of Las Rosas, the oldest conservatory of the Americas and Mexico’s most ambitious music education project. Every three years, the National Council for the Arts of Mexico and the Las Rosas Conservatory organize the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, so named in recognition of his career and his work in the promotion and enrichment of Latin American cello music. The next competition will take place in August, 2015.

He was appointed Honorary Member of the Fine Arts Advisory Council of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2011 he was elected Member of the Academy of the Spanish Language.

Discography[edit]

Espejos (Mirrors)[edit]

  • Ernesto Halffter. Canzona e Pastorella
  • Tomás Marco. Primer Espejo de Falla
  • Mario Lavista. Tres Danzas Seculares
  • J. Gutiérrez Heras. Canción en el Puerto
  • Manuel Castillo. Alborada
  • Rodolfo Halffter. Sonata

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Le Grand Tango[edit]

  • Le Grand Tango
  • Piazzolla. Le Grand tango
  • Piazzolla. Milonga
  • Piazzolla. Michelangelo 70
  • Piazzolla. Balada para mi Muerte
  • Ginastera. Triste para cello y piano
  • Villa-Lobos. Aria de Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5
  • Federico Ibarra. Sonata
  • Robert R. Rodríguez. Lull-A- Bear
  • Manuel Enríquez. Fantasía

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Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonatas[edit]

  • Sonata op. 40
  • Sonata op. 147 (transcrita por Carlos Prieto)

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Conciertos y Chôro[edit]

  • Camargo Guarnieri. Chôro for cello and orchestra
  • Federico Ibarra. Concierto for cello and orchestra
  • Carlos Chávez. Concierto for cello and orchestra

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Azul y Verde (Blue and Green)[edit]

  • Ginastera (Argentina) Pampeana
  • (Uruguay) Piece for cello and piano
  • Ricardo Lorenz (Venezuela) Cecilia en Azul y Verde
  • (Venezuela) Golpe con Fandango
  • Becerra Schmidt. (Chile) Sonata No. 5 for cello and piano
  • Celso Garrido-Lecca (Perú). Soliloquio
  • Joaquín Nin(España): Suite Española

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Aprietos[edit]

  • Samuel Zyman (México) Suite for two violonchelos (1999)
  • Claudia Calderón (Colombia) La Revuelta Circular (2000)
  • Xavier Montsalvatge (España) Invención a la Italiana (2000)
  • Juan Orrego Salas (Chile). Espacios. Rapsodia (1998)
  • Alberto Villalpando (Bolivia) Sonatita de Piel Morena (1999)
  • Tomás Marco (España). Partita a Piatti (1999)

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Tres siglos: tres obras para violonchelo y orquesta[edit]

  • Ricardo Castro. Concierto for violonchelo and orchestra (ca. 1895)
  • Berlin Synphonic Orchestra. Jorge Velazco, director
  • Samuel Zyman. Concierto for violonchelo and orchestra (1990)
  • Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Enrique Diemecke, director
  • Joaquín Gutiérrez Heras. Fantasía Concertante para cello y orquesta (2005)
  • Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa. Carlos Miguel Prieto, director

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Tres conciertos para cello y orquesta[edit]

  • Dmitri Shostakovich. Concierto en mi bemol mayor, op. 107
  • Celso Garrido-Lecca (Perú) Concierto for violonchelo and orchestra
  • John Kinsella. Concierto for violonchelo and orchestra. 2000

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Sonatas y danzas de México[edit]

  • Manuel M. Ponce. Three preludes for violonchelo and piano
  • Sonata en sol menor para violonchelo y piano
  • Alfonso de Elías. Chanson Triste.
  • Miguel Bernal Jiménez. Tres Danzas Tarascas (transcritas por Manuel Enríquez)
  • Silvestre Revueltas. Tres Piezas (transcritas por Manuel Enríquez
  • Manuel Enríquez. Sonatina para violonchelo solo
  • Manuel Enríquez. Four pieces for violonchelo and piano

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Del barroco y del romanticismo al siglo XXI[edit]

  • Haendel-Halvorsen. Passacaglia for violin and violonchelo
  • Tchaikovsky. Pezzo capriccioso for violonchelo and piano
  • Rajmaninov. Vocalise, op. 34, No. 14 for violonchelo and piano
  • Chopin-Feuermann. Introduction et Polonaise Brillante para cello y piano
  • Lukas Foss. Capriccio for violonchelo and piano
  • Francisco Mignone (Brasil). Modinha for violonchelo and piano
  • Ernst Mahle (Brasil). Ocho Duos Modales for two violonchelos
  • Marlos Nobre (Brasil). Partita Latina for cello and piano. (world premiere)
  • Eugenio Toussaint (México). Pour les Enfants. (world premiere)

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From Bach to Piazzolla[edit]

  • Bach: Courante de suite No. 6 en re mayor
  • Rajmaninov Vocalise op. 34
  • Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso, op. 62
  • Falla Tres movimientos de la Suite Popular Española
  • Gutiérrez Heras. Canción en el Puerto
  • Piazzolla; Dos tangos: Le Grand Tango; Michelangelo 70
  • Piazzolla Milonga
  • Samuel Zyman. Dos movimientos de la Suite for two violonchelos
  • Shostakovich. Allegretto de Concierto, Op. 107

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Seven world premieres[edit]

  • DONALD GRANTHAM. Son of Cimetière para cello y piano. (2006)
  • EUGENIO TOUSSAINT. Bachriación. Estudio Bop No. 7 para cello solo (2005)
  • Russell Pinkston. Summer Rhapsody para cello and piano (2006)
  • Dan Welcher. Arietta para cello y piano (2006)
  • Robert X. Rodriguez. Tentado por la Samba para cello y piano.
  • Samuel Zyman. Suite para cello solo (2007)
  • Roberto SIERRA. Sonata Elegiaca para cello y piano (2006)

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Bach vol. I[edit]

  • The Suites for violonchelo solo. Suites Nos. 1, 2 y 3

(PMG CLASSICS DIGITAL 092104)

Bach vol. II[edit]

  • The Suites for violonchelo solo. Suites Nos. 4, 5 y 6

PMG CLASSICS DIGITAL 092106)

Sonatas y Fantasías[edit]

  • Gerhard. Sonata
  • Ginastera. Sonata
  • Zyman. Fantasía (dedicado a Carlos Prieto)
  • Cassadó. Sonata al estilo antiguo español
  • Rodrigo. Siciliana
  • Piazzolla. Three brief pieces

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Conciertos para el fin del milenio[edit]

  • Eugenio Toussaint. Concierto No. 2
  • Arturo Márquez. Mirrors in the sand
  • Roberto Sierra. Four verses

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Published works[edit]

Spanish[edit]

  • Cartas rusas (1965)
  • Alrededor del Mundo con el Violonchelo - Alianza Editorial México. (1987, 1988)
  • De la URSS a Rusia, tres décadas de experiencias y observaciones de un testigo - Prologue Isabel Turrent. Fondo de Cultura Económica (1993, 2013)
  • Las aventuras de un violonchelo, historias y memorias - Prologue Álvaro Mutis. Fondo de Cultura Económica. (1998, 2013)
  • Senderos e imágenes de la Música - Photographs by Miguel Morales (1999)
  • Cinco mil años de palabras - Prologue Carlos Fuentes. Fondo de Cultura Económica. (2005)
  • Por la milenaria China. Historias, vivencias y comentarios - Prologue Yo-Yo Ma. Fondo de Cultura Económica. (2009)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich, Genio y drama - Prologue Jorge Volpi. Fondo de Cultura Económica. (2013)
  • Apuntes sobre la historia de la música en México. Seminario de Cultura Mexicana (2013)

English[edit]

  • The Adventures of a Cello - Prologue Yo-Yo Ma. Texas University Press (2006)
  • The Adventures of a Cello, Revised edition." Prologue Yo-Yo Ma. Texas University Press (2011)

Portuguese[edit]

  • As aventuras de um violoncelo. Historias e memórias - Top Books and Univer Cidade. Rio de Janeiro. Brazil. (2006)

Russian[edit]

  • Prikliucheniya Violonceli. - Editorial Orenburgskaya Kniga. Perm. Rusia. (2005)

Awards[edit]

  • 1995: Mozart Medal from the Austrian Ambassador in Mexico
  • 1999: Achievement Award of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York
  • 1999: France awarded the Order of the Arts and Letters in the grade of Officer
  • 2001: Indiana University awarded the Eva Janzer Award, entitled “Chevalier du Violoncelle”
  • 2002: School of Music of Yale University awarded the Cultural Leadership Citation
  • 2006: The Order of Merit, awarded by the King of Spain.
  • 2007: The National Award for the Arts, given by the President of Mexico.
  • 2008: The Pushkin Medal, awarded by the President of Russia.
  • 2009: Professional Accomplishment Award by the University of Oviedo (Spain) and (ASICOM).
  • 2012: The Commendation for Distinguished Leadership in the Arts awarded by TCU (Texas Christian University).
  • 2012: The Fine Arts Gold Medal, awarded by the government of Mexico.
  • The title of Venezuelan Youth Emeritus Master granted by the President of the Foundation for the National Network of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela (FESNOJIV).

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