Mr. Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Mr. Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Mary Franks Thompson Director of Orchestral Studies
Music Director, Baylor Symphony Orchestra
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Mary Franks Thompson Director of Orchestral Studies
Music Director, Baylor Symphony Orchestra


Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Emmy award-winning and Grammy-nominated conductor, celebrates 35 years of professional conducting, and with a deep commitment to passing his experience on to the next generation of musicians, he is currently the Mary Franks Thompson Director of Orchestral Studies at Baylor University, and Music Director of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra where in addition to performing, he teaches orchestral conducting at the undergraduate and graduate level.

He has also established The Conducting Institute to teach the fundamentals of conducting to students ages high school and up, of all levels, through intensive summer and winter programs, workshops, courses, and seminars.

Harth-Bedoya has amassed considerable experience at the helm of orchestras, including recently completing tenures as Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, where he now holds the title of Music Director Laureate. Previously he has held Music Director positions with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand, the Eugene Symphony in Oregon, the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra in Peru, and the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall. He also held the Director of Orchestral Studies position at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Harth-Bedoya conducts orchestras worldwide such as the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Orchestra, Birmingham Orchestra, National Orchestra of Spain, New Zealand Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, NHK Symphony, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Equally at home in opera, Harth-Bedoya has led traditional productions with The English National Opera, Canadian Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Bremen Opera, among others.  He has also conducted the world premiere performances of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, and Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar at the Santa Fe Opera, and additional productions with the Cincinnati Opera and at the New Zealand Festival.

Harth-Bedoya has an impressive discography of more than 25 recordings, including critically-acclaimed albums on Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, LAWO, Naxos, and MSR Classics.

He is the Artistic Director of Caminos del Inka, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich musical legacy of the Americas.

Born and raised in Peru, Harth-Bedoya received both of his degrees in orchestral conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music (BM) and from The Juilliard School (MM), both under the guidance of Otto-Werner Mueller. He also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Texas Christian University.

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