Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Gala with Joshua Bell: VERDI Overture to La Forza del destino; BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1, G minor ; R. STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier (1945)

“…The real stars of the show were music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the orchestra…Harth-Bedoya went for maximum effects in the two operatic selections…”

–Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, Feb 2016

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Eb major, “Eroica”

“It’s still very early in the year, but here’s betting that Saturday night’s concert by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is going to make the annual “10 best” list…Harth-Bedoya and the orchestra contributed their own musical wonders…”

–Olin Chism, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Feb 2016

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: MASON BATES Mothership; MASON BATES Cello Concerto with Joshua Roman; BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Eb major, “Eroica”

“…Thanks to Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, I walked out of Bass Performance Hall on Friday night with a big smile on my face. The orchestra’s music director had just led the freshest, most exhilarating Beethoven Eroica Symphony I can recall hearing in concert. And that was after a first half devoted to two lively, engaging pieces by the up-and-coming American composer Mason Bates….”

 —Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News, Jan 2016

 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Eb major, “Eroica”

“…Just a few days into 2016 and we already have a Top Ten contender from the Fort Worth Symphony. Miguel Harth-Bedoya’s transformation into a truly great conductor over the past three seasons was brought into clear focus as he led the Fort Worth Symphony in what was probably the best live performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” in memory.”

 —Gregory Sullivan Issacs, Theater Jones, Jan 2016


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: JIMMY LOPEZ Perú Negro, PROKOVIEV Concerto No.3, DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7

 “This performance under Harth-Bedoya was a secure and attention-holding rendering, with a satisfyingly good dash of personality.”

 –Arts Atlanta, 31 Jan 2016


Norwegian Radio Orchestra: JIMMY LOPEZ Perú Negro, Synesthésie, Lord Of the Air, América Salvaje

 “Perú Negro is tighter, a tribute to conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who conducts the Norwegian Radio Orchestra with vivacious precision throughout.”

 –BBC Music Magazine, Dec 2015

 The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra: JIMMY LOPEZ Peru Negro, KIMMO HAKOLA The Clarinet Concerto, LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra

“It takes a bold approach to reveal true greatness, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya knew how to confirm Lutosławski as one of the great musical figures of the 20th century.”

 —The Press, 5 Nov 2015

 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra, BERLIOZ Les nuits d’été, RAVEL Bolero

 “The lengthy standing ovation provided a huge button to an evening of outstanding symphonic performance. The conductor and orchestra synced as one to create a powerful expression. Harth-Bedoya, rather than conducting in the traditional way with a baton, shaped the sounds with occasional physical gestures that were smooth and much smaller than those required for the Lutoslawski. As the music grew in intensity his arms moved as if he were creating an air painting. It was fascinating to watch. The orchestra’s performance was stunningly beautiful.”

 —Theater Jones Performing Arts News, 6 Oct 2015

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

“The most sublime musical experience I’ve had anytime recently happened Saturday night at Bass Performance Hall. It was the Adagio of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, led by its music director, Miguel Harth-Bedoya…”

–The Dallas Morning News,  10 January 2015

 “…Friday night this passionate, beautifully conceived score (performed without cuts) provided the crowning moment of the first classical concert of 2015 for the Fort Worth Symphony and music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya at Bass Performance Hall… Harth-Bedoya’s tight control of the material absolutely justified all of these decisions by the composer…”

— D Magazine, 10 January 2015

“…Harth-Bedoya has transformed… His performance of the Rachmaninoff symphony has to be the apotheosis of his remarkable transformation… When the performance was over, everyone in Bass Hall (audience and players alike) knew something special had been heard; a moment when everything aligned…”

TheaterJones.com, 12 January 2015

Aspen Music Festival

“…conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya drew sumptuous playing from the Festival Orchestra in a program that also introduced the festival’s new electronic organ in what might go down as the feel-good concert of the season.”

–The Aspen Times, 8 July 2014

 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

“My absolute favourite among the regularly reappearing conductors of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is the Peruvian Miguel Harth-Bedoya. He likes to combine established masterpieces with lesser known pieces from the Spanish-Latin hemisphere and one thing is for sure, you will never feel bored when he stands on the podium.”

–Hufvudstadsbladet, 13 Apr 2014

Norwegian Radio Orchestra

“The grand highlight of the evening [Stravinsky] Firebird.  The breath-taking sound was from the first bar. But best of all was Harth-Bedoya’s ability to create the space for that sound to truly unfold…A Firebird really with air beneath its wings.”

 –Ståle Wikshåland, Dagbladet, September 2013


Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

“Harth-Bedoya wrung the Romantic, dramatic passion out of the score, but was always in control and never excessive with his gestures. He made it easy for the orchestra to feel confident and engaged.”

www.thirdcoastdigest.com, 2 Jun 2012

Los Angeles Philharmonic

“a magnificent Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of Saint-Saens’ Third Symphony…As for Harth-
Bedoya, he was in his element with the Saint-Saëns. He made the symphony soar. Too often played with
excessive bravado and an insufficient organ, the score has the reputation for pomposity, especially with its bellowing last movement. Harth-Bedoya found, instead, urgency and beguiling atmosphere.”

Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan 2012

Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León

“Accompanying [Renée Fleming] was a conductor with whom she toured in 2010, Miguel Harth-Bedoya. The maestro conducted the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon with spirit and panache, which he placed at the service of the diva. The overture to Barber’s “School for Scandal” was the instrumental piece which began the concert. Harth-Bedoya is a conductor beloved by the musicians of the OSCyL. The invisible threads which move the arms of the conductor, coaxing now the violins, now the horns or the percussions, in this case are accompanied by expressive gestures with the face and body.”

El norte de Castilla, 19 Dec 2011

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

“Bernstein’s West Side Story: Symphonic Dances still pack a punch and were given a tight, edgy performance by the orchestra under conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya.”

The Scotsman, 7 Dec 2010

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

“Harth-Bedoya has left an indelible imprint on every aspect of the orchestra — its corps of musicians, its repertoire, where it plays and how many plaudits it has garnered from a growing circle of national music critics…. In only 10 years, there is no doubt that Miguel has transformed the orchestra, elevating it to the next level of excellence.”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 May 2010

Helsinki Philharmonic

“Miguel Harth-Bedoya has founded an excellent career in the states, no wonder why. He is a charismatic conductor with a very well developed sense of sound, who seems to be confident in many different styles of music. Following this concert it would be great to hear him conduct Revueltas’ La noche de los mayas.”

Hufvudsstadsbladet, 28 May 2010

Cincinnati Opera: Golijov Ainadamar

“A chamber-sized Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, was center-stage… The orchestra played superbly… [Ainadamar] was an artistic triumph, and one of the most riveting musical experiences this city has ever witnessed.”

The Enquirer 11th July 2009

English National Opera: Puccini La Bohème

“Miguel Harth-Bedoya draws a superb account of the score from the ENO orchestra: Passionate yet supple, evoking the crackle of fire in the garret one minute and the stirrings of love the next”.

The Evening Standard, 5th Feb 2009

“But there is an airy disengagement in Miller’s direction that sits ill with the furious intensity of Miguel Harth-Bedoya’s conducting. However uncommitted or dishonest the words may be, he persuades us to collude in the fantasy: to inhale the scent of Mimi’s embroidered roses, to believe the declarations of eternal fidelity, to take the sucker punch of the last terrible bars, to relish every detail of the instrumentation, to suspend disbelief where Miller solicits scepticism. On stage, ENO’s Bohème has promise. In the pit, that promise has been realised already”.

The Independent, 8 February 2009

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/ Caminos Del Inka

“Miguel Harth-Bedoya was the engaging tour guide. He conducted with a minimum of fuss and a great deal of character through a hefty, enlightening sampling of Latin American repertoire, and he drew consistently cohesive, stylish playing from the orchestra”.

Baltimore Sun, 3 June 2008

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra / Carnegie Hall

“Critics and cultural leaders in the Dallas-Forth Worth area give one person most of the credit for the orchestra’s growth: Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the dynamic young conductor who has been its music director since 2000. In this concert he and his players lived up to expectations”.

New York Times 28 January 2008

“Anyone who was there purely to hear music was rewarded, too, thanks to the talents and musical enthusiasms of Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya…The world premiere by an important composer showed off Harth-Bedoya’s ambition for the group and its place in the world”.

Fort Worth Star – Telegram 27 January 2008

Boston Symphony Orchestra

“At a time when the classical music world is doing a lot of hand-wringing in the search for new audiences, Harth-Bedoya’s down-to-earth perspective and embrace of a diverse repertoire seem a step in a positive direction”.

Boston Globe, 5 December 2007

Los Angeles Philharmonic

“As composer Osvaldo Golijov once said, Miguel Harth-Bedoya naturally balances earth, air, fire and water. He has a square jaw, a winning smile and a broad stick technique. He doesn’t appear to mold phrases and finesse details so much as to open the tap and let the music pour out…The rhythmically lithe sense of dance that Harth-Bedoya achieved was irresistible.

Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2007

National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.

“It was a grand evening all around. Miguel Harth-Bedoya, in his NSO debut, proved a conductor who combines rare and probing subtlety with an unfettered intensity of expression”.

Washington Post, 10 November 2006

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