BIOGRAPHY 

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHIEF CONDUCTOR

ORQUESTA DE CÁMARA DE BELLAS ARTES

Ludwig Carrasco undertook the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes, Mexico’s preeminent orchestra of its kind and one of the most respected ensembles of the Americas, in September 2019. His previous experience includes being Music Director and Conductor the Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro (Mexico) for five seasons as well as Principal Conductor of the Sinfonietta Prometeo (United States).

 

Equally at home in symphonic and operatic/ballet repertoire, as well as in multidisciplinary productions, he has conducted fully staged versions of very diverse works such as Mozart's Bastien und Bastianne, Romitelli's An Index of Metals, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Styne's Funny Girl, and Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, as well as the world premiere of the operas "La creciente" (Georgina Derbez), "Riesgo" (Rogelio Sosa), The King's Journey (Bobbie McKay), and "Luciérnaga" (Gabriela Ortiz). Recently, he conducted the premiere in Latin America of the complete orchestral version of Le grand Macabre by György Ligeti. Specifically in the opera field, his repertoire encompasses more than 30 works, including some staple titles such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s La bohème, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Verdi’s Rigoletto, while at the same time explores less performed compositions like Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Donizetti’s La romanzesca e l'uomo nero, Frid’s Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank, Handel’s Rodelinda, Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio and Vivaldi’s Bajazet.

 

In his career as conductor and violinist he has performed concerts in thirty one countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe, conducting orchestras and ensembles such as the Orchestra del Palazzo Ricci, Ensemble Laboratorium, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Sinfonietta Prometeo, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, and the Orquesta del Teatro de Bellas Artes, among others. He has appeared in  distinguished halls that include the Musikverein (Austria), Wiener Konzerthaus (Austria), Salzburger Festspielhaus (Austria), Tonhalle Zürich (Switzerland), Berliner Philharmonie (Germany), Gewandhaus Leipzig (Germany), Konzerthaus Berlin (Germany), KKL-Luzern (Switzerland), Rudolphinum (Czech Republic), Parco della Musica (Italy), Carnegie Hall (USA), Kennedy Center for the Arts (USA), Lincoln Center (USA), National Arts Center (Canada), Shizuoka Hall (Japan), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Spain), Sala Nezahualcóyotl (Mexico), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Venezuela), and Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), as well as in important international festivals such as Salzburg, Lucerne, Davos, Ultraschall, Gstaad, Alicante, Santander, June in Buffalo, IMPULS, Bayreuth, Spoleto, Cervantino, and Tage für Neue Musik Zürich.

 

He was winner of the 2014 Conducting Competition of the Xalapa Symphony (Mexico) and of the 2013 Markowitz Award for Orchestral Conductors (New York-Philadelphia), and has received support from renowned institutions such as the Fulbright Foundation, Fundación Carolina, Academia Musicale Chigiana and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Of special relevance is the 2010 Award from the Fondazione Dragoni (Italy) received for his conducting activities. Since 2018, he has been a recipient he is the recipient of the Career Award for Performers from the National Fund for Arts and Culture of Mexico.

He has appeared in radio and television programs in Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA, and can be heard in recordings for the labels Amati, CC Michoacán, Cero Records, Clásicos Mexicanos, Columna Música, ECN, Forlane, Grammont, J-INC, K 617, SF, Tañidos/SR, Tritó, UM, Urtext Digital Classics, and Warner Music. 

 

He is an avid proponent of new music, premiering more than one hundred and forty works to date. In this field he has collaborated closely with many important composers including Erik Ullman, Mario Lavista, Ignacio Baca Lobera, Manuel Martínez Burgos, Javier Torres Maldonado, Gabriela Ortiz, Georgina Derbez, Hebert Vázquez, Andrea Portera and Da Jeong Choi.

He has collaborated in his career with distinguished artists, such as Irasema Terrazas (soprano, Mexico), Lourdes Ambriz (soprano, Mexico), Leticia de Altamirano (soprano, Mexico), Gabriela Herrera (soprano, Mexico), Marina Rodríguez Cusí (soprano, Spain), Bahareh Poureslami (soprano, USA), Joyce Castle (mezzosoprano, USA), Flavio Oliver (countertenor, Italy), Hernán Iturralde (bassbaritone, Argentina), Carsten Wittmoser (bassbaritone, Germany), Kazimierz Olechowski (violin, Poland/France), William Harvey (violin, USA), Adrián Justus (violin, Mexico/Israel), Cicely Parnas (cello, USA), Sihao-He (cello, China), David Desimpeleare (doublebass, Belgium/Switzerland), Luis Cabrera (doublebass, Spain), Wissam Boustany (flute, UK), Elena Durán (flute, USA), Jorge Federico Osorio (piano, Mexico/USA), Evan Wong (piano, USA), Noelia Rodiles (piano, Spain), Santiago Piñeirúa (piano, Mexico), and Manuel Hernández (clarinet, Mexico), among many others. 

 

Ludwig Carrasco, born in Morelia (Mexico), began his studies in his home country and later on in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. He obtained his Bachelor and Master of Music Performance, majoring in Violin and Orchestral Conducting, and also holds graduate degrees in Musicology and Culture Management. He pursued doctoral studies in Orchestral Conducting under the guidance of Victor Yampolsky, with additional studies with renowned conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kenneth Kiesler and Gustav Meier. Further guidance from conductors Mariss Jansons, Pierre Boulez, Michael Luig, Sandro Gorli, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alberto Zedda, David Itkin, Mallory Thompson, Clay Couturiaux, Steven Cooksey, Donald Black, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Maurizio Dones, Marcello Viotti, Konrad von Abel, Stephen Alltop, Alondra de la Parra, Robert Hasty, Andrew Bisantz, Fernando Ávila Navarro and Emanuele Andrizzi.

 

(As of 16.09.2020)

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