Grammy®-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is currently Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Oslo and is in his nineteenth season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He is Founder and Artistic Director of Caminos del Inka, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the Americas.
Harth-Bedoya has guest-conducted for the upper echelon of American orchestras including Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore, and New York. 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, and Grand Teton.
Highlights of this season include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, RTVE Madrid, Orchestre Philharmonique du Strasbourg, Helsinki Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and National Orchestra of Spain. Summer 2016 saw his Japanese debut conducting both the NHK Symphony and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras.
Harth-Bedoya has nurtured close relationships with orchestras worldwide and is a frequent guest of the Helsinki Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, National Orchestra of Spain, New Zealand Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Other appearances include concerts with the BBC Scottish Symphony, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Zurich Tonhalle, Danish National Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras, and Kuala Lumpur Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home in the theatre, in summer 2015 Harth-Bedoya conducted the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s acclaimed first opera, Cold Mountain, for Santa Fe Opera. Other notable opera productions include La Bohème at English National Opera directed by Jonathan Miller, Golijov’s Ainadamar with the Santa Fe Opera (world premiere) and Cincinnati Opera; and Rossini’s Barber of Seville with the Canadian National Opera.
In 2017, Harth-Bedoya received a Grammy® nomination as conductor of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain with Santa Fe Opera on Pentatone. His 2018 release of Mussorgsky’s (arr. Gorchakov) Pictures at an Exhibition and Prokofiev’s Cinderella with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra “emphasizes weight and drama and commands that you listen…” (American Record Guide) Other recent CD’s include Variations over Variations, a collection of Norwegian orchestral works with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, released in 2017 on Aurora, and a 2016 release on Harmonia Mundi, Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra and Brahms (arr. Schoenberg) Piano Quartet with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which received high praise for “its precision, vigour and clarity of sound (The Guardian).” Additional recordings on Harmonia Mundi include New South American Discoveries, orchestral works by Jimmy López, Prokofiev Piano Concertos with Cliburn winner Vadym Kholodenko, and piano concertos by Grieg and Saint-Saëns. Harth-Bedoya has also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon with Katia and Marielle Labèque, as well as for with Juan Diego Flórez for Decca, and with Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony for CSO Resound.
A longtime advocate for music from his native Latin America, in 2017 Harth-Bedoya launched Latin Orchestral Music, an online resource devoted to providing a complete and comprehensive source of information about orchestral music from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Harth-Bedoya has been a Distinguished Guest Professor of Conducting at TCU since 2008, and established a Conducting Fellowship Program at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which draws Fellows from TCU’s School of Music. He received an Honorary Doctorate from TCU in 2014.
Born and raised in Peru, Harth-Bedoya received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, both under the guidance of Otto-Werner Mueller. He also studied with Seiji Ozawa and Gustav Meier at Tanglewood.
Harth-Bedoya is an environmental advocate who is committed to a zero waste lifestyle. In 2016 he co-founded Cowboy Compost, a business geared to achieve food waste reduction. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife Maritza and their three children, Elena, Emilio, and Elisa, with a secondary home in Oslo.
Visit www.miguelharth-bedoya.com for additional information.