Concerts with pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich
January 04, 2023
The UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its 2023 concerts, where Ludwig Carrasco returns as guest conductor. On March 18 and 19 will take place the program where he will collaborate with pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, as well as percussionists Iván Manzanilla and Miguel González, presenting Bela Bartók's Concerto for two pianos and percussions.
The program will also include the national premiere of the composer Graciane Finzi, as well as Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9.
New critical edition
November 30, 2022
During the public release of the Mario Lavista Media Library, aimed at promoting and preserving the legacy of this important Mexican composer, Ludwig Carrasco's critical edition of the composer's "Six pieces for string orchestra" was presented.
The work, written in 1965 and which has been conducted by Carrasco on several occasions with the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes, now has its first edition and is available freely to anyone interested.
Recovery of musical heritage
November 27, 2022
On December 3rd and 4th, the 3 sinfonías breves mexicanas by Mexican composer Antonio Gomezanda (1894-1961) will be presented in concert. Conductor Ludwig Carrasco has worked on recovering this repertoire and will be conducting the Mexico City Philharmonic for the premiere in modern times of Symphony No. 1 (to be heard for the first time in 66 years) as well as for the world premiere of Symphonies No. 2 and 3.
Also on the program, Carrasco will conduct Anton Dvořák's Sixth Symphony, op. 60. Complete information on these and future concerts can be found in the "Calendar" section.
New CD in the Urtext label
March 1, 2021
On March 2nd will take place the presentation of the CD "Concertos for oboe, clarinet and orchestra" where Ludwig Carrasco appears as conductor of the Camerata de las Américas. In this recording he collaborates with soloists Miguel Salazar (oboe) and Eleanor Weingartner (clarinet) in works by Antonio Rosetti and Eduardo Alonso-Crespo.
This event will take place in the social media accounts of the Urtext label, at 8 PM, and will be hosted by Marisa Canales, CEO of the label. The CD is distributed worldwide by Naxos Classical and it is also available in Spotify, Deezer and iTunes.
January 15, 2021
Ludwig Carrasco will be teaching two workshops for young conductors in the first months of the year. The first one will be hosted by the Ministery of Defense from January 25 to 29, as part of the professional training activities for its musicians.
The second one will be offered by the Las Rosas Conservatory of Music, from March 12 to 15.
In both cases, important works of the orchestral repertory will be studied, such as compositions by Mozart, Holst, Mendelssohn and Haydn.
Debut with the OFZ
November 29, 2020
Ludwig Carrasco will make his debut with the Zacatecas Philharmonic Orchestra on November 29th. The program includes the national premiere of the Overture to L'Amant Anonyme by J. B. Chevalier de Saint-Georges as well as the Symphony #60 in C major, "Laudon", by F. J. Haydn. The soloist will be violinist Erika Dobosiewicz performing A. Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons".
The concert will be stremed in December by the OFZ and the Instituto Zacatecano de Cultura.
OCBA to appear on national television
October 30, 2020
Next Sunday, November 1, at 6 p.m., the OCBA will be presenting works by Mozart and Haydn on Channel 22, as part of the commemoration of the Day of the Dead. This performance was recorded in the lobby of the Palacio de Bellas Artes and has the collaboration of the Solistas Ensemble INBAL.
This broadcast will be repeated on Radio IMER on Monday 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
The OCBA Virtual Classroom is born
May 2, 2020
The new virtual project of the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes, called OCBA Virtual Classroom, was presented. In it, Mexican musicians from all over the country are invited to participate to receive, in their first stage, consultancies and master classes from the members of the orchestra and its principal conductor, Ludwig Carrasco.
In a second phase, distinguished guest teachers from Mexico and abroad will be invited to share their experience and advice with the students.
Finally, in a third stage, issues related to orchestral conducting will also be addressed.
Online activities begin
March 22, 2020
Starting on March 23, Ludwig Carrasco will begin a series of online activities thanks to the support of the National Fund for Culture and Arts. As part of this project, he will carry out master classes, workshops and conferences in collaboration with numerous music education institutions in the country. The specialties in which he will be working are violin, contemporary music and orchestral conducting.
Debut with the Camerata de Coahuila
March 9, 2020
On Friday, March 13 at 8:30 p.m., Ludwig Carrasco will make his debut at the podium of the Camerata de Coahuila. Based at the Nazas Theater, the program is comprised of Fanny Mendelssohn's Overture in C major, the Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64 by Felix Mendelssoh (with violinist Rodrigo Martínez as soloist) and a selection of movements from the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Concert with Mexican music
March 1, 2020
On March 4, at 8:00 PM at the National Center for the Arts (Mexico City), there will be a concert of Mexican music presented by Ludwig Carrasco, with support of a career advancement grant from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts.
Along with works by Max Lifchitz and Arturo Márquez, there will be the premiere of El furor sin Justicia by the young Mexican composer David Téllez, a work created during a seminar given by Ludwig Carrasco at the Escuela Superior de Música in CDMX.
Return with the Aguascalientes Symphony
February 20, 2020
After his successful debut in 2019 at the podium of the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, Ludwig Carrasco returns this February 21 with an all-Beethoven concert, on the 250th anniversary of the birth of this composer.
The program includes the overture to the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus, the Piano Concerto number 1, op. 15 (with the soloist Pablo Suaste) and Symphony #1, op. 21 in C major. The concert takes place at 8 PM at the Aguascalientes Theater.
Season opening 2020
February 10, 2020
The first 2020 concert season of the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes will begin with performances on Thursday, February 13 and Sunday, February 16. The venues will be the Palacio de Bellas Artes (8 PM) and the National Conservatory of Music (12 PM) respectively.
On this occasion, Ludwig Carrasco will be conducting the national premiere of the Andante quasi recitativo by the Swedish composer Elfrida Andrée, the Menestral Symphony by the Mexican Leonardo Velázquez, and the Quartet number 11 in F minor, op. 95, "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven (in an orchestration by Gustav Mahler).
Social and outreach concerts
January 6, 2020
On January 29, 30 and 31st will take place the first concerts in 2020 of Ludwig Carrasco leading the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes. These are part of the orchestra’s social and outreach program where music is taken to vulnerable groups in various venues within Mexico City.
Admission to these events is free and the program will include works by Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Gaetano Donizetti, Nino Rota, Teresa Carreño and Piotr I. Tchaikovsky.
The Rite of Spring
November 25, 2019
Next Thursday, November 28, Ludwig Carrasco closes the third concert season of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro presenting "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky as well as "A Spring Morning" by Lili Boulanger and the Concerto for violin no . 2 by Henryk Wieniawski.
The soloist of the evening will be Polish virtuoso Kazimierz Olechowski, current concertmaster of the Lyon Opera (France). The concert takes place at 8 pm at the Metropolitan Theater in the city of Querétaro
End of tenure as head of the OCBA
December 31, 2022
On December 31, Ludwig Carrasco closes his tenure as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, a position he has held since September 2019.
During this period, and despite the pandemic, he undertook an important renewal of the orchestra's repertoire: one third of the works presented were by Mexican composers (76 out of 227 pieces), in addition to performing 32 world premieres and 37 national premieres. Likewise, 34 artists (soloists and conductors) made their debut with the OCBA.
As of January 1, 2023, Carrasco will continue his activity as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico.
Ludwig Carrasco, appointed Chief Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra
November 29, 2022
The National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature has announced the appointment of Ludwig Carrasco as the new artistic director and chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, effective January 1st, 2023. Carrasco, who will end his tenure at the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes on December 31st of this year, will succeed conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto in this position.
Complete information is available at the following link:
Five world premieres
March 15, 2021
On March 18th, at 6 PM, Ludwig Carrasco will be performing the world premieres of compositions by David Téllez, Germán López Vargas, Víctor de la Cruz and Gonzalo Alonso, pieces that are the result of a workshop he has been teaching from December to March and as part of the Manuel Enriquez International Forum of New Music.
Also, on March 28 at 7 PM, he will be conducting Ensemble Liminar, within the same event, in the world premiere of "Ludwig en el aire" by composer Tania Rubio.
Both concerts will be streamed by the National Fine Arts Institute as well as by the Mexican Ministry of Culture.
Important recovery of composition
February 2, 2021
On Friday February 5th, Ludwig Carrasco will be presenting two digital editions of the Concerto n. 1 for violin and orchestra by Mexican composer José F. Vásquez, work which he has recovered.
Carrasco has edited the full orchestral score, the solo violin part, and has done a piano reduction of the orchestral accompaniment, in order to facilite the access to this work to violinists, orchestras, and public.
In this event, which will take place at noon in the official FB page of the artist (Ludwig Carrasco | Facebook), will also participate José J. Vásquez (son and heir of the Vásquez estate), Dr. Enid Negrete (Doctor in Arts), and Dr. Gabriel Pareyón (composer and musicologist).
December 22, 2020
On December 27th, at 5 PM, Ludwig Carrasco will conduct the world premieres of "La secta del fénix" (for solo violin and chamber orchestra) by composer Juan José Bárcenas, and "Inner Shine" (for chamber orchestra) by composer Alejandro Romero. In the same program, where he is at the podium of the Sinfonietta Prometeo as part of the Manuel Enríquez International Forum of New Music, it is featured "Nomen" (for string orchestra) by composer Elvira Muratore, in its national premiere.
The concert will be streamed by the National Fine Arts Institute as well as by the Mexican Ministry of Culture.
Premieres by Salvador Bacarisse
November 3, 2020
In the following season concert of the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes there will be a premiere in modern times of the piece Invocation, for string orchestra, by the Spanish composer Salvador Bacarisse. This is possible thanks to a new edition by the artistic director of the OCBA, Ludwig Carrasco. Likewise, there will be national premieres of the Serenata op. 73, also by Bacarisse, Daniela Ayala's Five Little Pieces, and Max Bruch's Serenade on Popular Swedish Themes.
The concert takes place at 7:00 p.m. in the Sala Blas Galindo of the Centro Nacional de las Artes, and will also be broadcast live on CENART's social media.
The OCBA resumes concerts
October 20, 2020
After the pause forced by the pandemic, the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes returns to the stage and begins its second season on Thursday, October 22. This concert will feature the works Brook Green Suite, H. 190 by Gustav Holst, Féerie by Marcel Tournier (national premiere), Celtic Concerto by Catrin Finch (national premiere) and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang A. Mozart. The event will be conducted by the artistic director of the orchestra, Ludwig Carrasco, and will have as soloist the harpist Emmanuel Padilla. The venue will be the Sala Blas Galindo of the National Center for the Arts and it will start at 7:00 p.m.
Meet the OCBA
April 7, 2020
In order to maintain a channel of communication with its audience, the principal conductor of the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes, Ludwig Carrasco, announced the beginning of a weekly session entitled "Meet the OCBA". Broadcasted every Thursday, from April 9, at 1:00 PM on the Facebook page of the orchestra, the conductor will talk and interview members of the group, as well as distinguished soloists and guest conductors. With relaxed conversations about music and the experience throughout their careers, he seeks to show the public those aspects of the profession that are often not appreciated, in addition to knowing more in depth about the long history of the group.
March 18, 2020
Due to the global health situation, Ludwig Carrasco's in person activities (master classes and concerts) will be postponed until further notice. Through this page, as well as through the artist's social networks, the public will be able to know when they are resumed.
International Women's Day
March 5, 2020
To commemorate International Women's Day, the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes, under the direction of Ludwig Carrasco, presents a program entirely with works by female composers.
On Thursday 5th (8 PM, Palacio de Bellas Artes) and Sunday 8th (12 PM, National Conservatory of Music) of March you will be able to hear Elegiac Song by Vivian Fine (national premiere), Divertimento by Grazyna Bacewicz and the Chamber Symphony of Teresa Carreño. The program is complemented by the world premiere of Morisco, a concert for guitar and strings by the Mexican Leticia Armijo, with the outstanding guitarist Juan Carlos Laguna as soloist.
Three concerts with the OSIPN
February 24, 2020
Ludwig Carrasco returns to the podium of the Symphony Orchestra of the National Polytechnic Institute, on February 26, 27 and 29 where he will collaborate with pianist Santiago Piñeirúa.
The program, which will also be broadcasted on the national television and on the internet by Canal Once, is composed of Janitzio by Silvestre Revueltas, Rhapsody in blue by George Gershwin, and Symphony number 2, op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven.
New music concert
February 17, 2020
As part of his activities supported by a career advancement grant of the National Fund for Culture and Arts of Mexico, Ludwig Carrasco will offer a concert of contemporary music at the University of the Arts in the city of Aguascalientes on Wednesday, February 17 at 5:00 PM.
The program includes works by Raymundo Moro, George Rochberg, Arturo Márquez, Paolo Geminiani and Jesper Nordin.
February 3, 2020
On February 5, at 4:00 PM, Ludwig Carrasco will have an additional activity within the "La OCBA contigo" outreach program. In it, he will be accompanied by narrator Leonardo Mortera and it will take place in the association Fraternidad sin Fronteras, an institution serving people with disabilities.
The program will include works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Raymundo Moro, George Rochberg and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Ludwig Carrasco ends his tenure at the OFEQ
December 2, 2019
After 60 concerts as Music Director and Conductor of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro, Ludwig Carrasco performs his last concert on Thursday, December 12 with a program that includes works by Richard Strauss and Piotr I. Tchaikovsky. The event will take place at the Metropolitan Theater at 8 PM.
During his tenure, the orchestra director made world and national premieres of numerous works and implemented a greater presence of composers within the orchestra's programming. Likewise, he carried out with great success the First National Competition of Soloists of Mexican Repertoire in collaboration with orchestra.
Premiere in Latin America of the full orchestral version of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre
October 5, 2019
On October 11 and 13 will take place the Latin American premiere of the monumental opera Le Grand Macabre by György Ligeti. The performances will be presented at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl of the UNAM, as part of the Vértice Festival, and at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, as the closing concert of the "Manuel Enriquez" International Forum of New Music.
The musical part will be conducted by Ludwig Carrasco and will feature the "Eduardo Mata" University Orchestra, the Madrigalistas Choir of the National Institute of Fine Arts, the Staccato University Choir, as well as renowned national and international soloists.