Our local music directors are racking up quite a collection of side jobs.
Last month, we reported that Dallas Symphony Orchestra maestro Jaap van Zweden will now also lead the Hong Kong Philharmonic. And today comes news that his Fort Worth Symphony counterpart, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, has been named chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. He’ll conduct that orchestra for a minimum of six weeks a year, which won’t affect his FWSO schedule.
Keep reading for the news release:
FORT WORTH — The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra beginning in September 2013. In addition to maintaining his full schedule in Fort Worth, he will conduct the Norwegian orchestra for a minimum of six weeks per year.
Mr. Harth-Bedoya first conducted the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in November 2010 with Renée Fleming as soloist. “My musical collaboration with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra was exciting and powerful from the start,” he said. “I was very impressed by the superior talent of the orchestra musicians and the wide range of musical interest and ability of the orchestra as a whole. … I knew right away that the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and I were a great match. I am thrilled to begin this partnership.”
Rolf Stenso, chief executive of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra added: “The chemistry between Miguel and the orchestra was excellent right from the start, both musically and personally. We had very little rehearsal time, but with his expertise the results were outstanding.” The Norwegian orchestra intends to tour a symphonic multimedia program from Caminos del Inka, the extensive project created by Mr. Harth-Bedoya that explores music from his native South America.
Born in Peru and now a U.S. citizen, Miguel Harth-Bedoya is in his 12th season as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has also been music director of the Auckland Philharmonia and the Eugene Symphony, and is a frequent guest conductor with major American orchestras such as the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Europe, he is a regular guest with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Residentie Orkest in The Hague, and has recently appeared with the Dresden Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Danish National Radio and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras.