"One of those rare artists
who can cause audiences to
cry out with delight."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Carlos Prieto, Mexican-born and MIT-educated, is one of the most respected cellists in the world, regularly premiering works composed especially for him by Latin American, North American and European composers. He has received enthusiastic public acclaim and won excellent reviews for his performances throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, China, India, and Latin America. The New York Times of his Carnegie Hall debut raved "Prieto has no technical limitations and his musical instincts are impeccable."
He has been invited to many of the world's most prestigious halls and has played with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic in London, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina and many others.
Strings magazine devoted a cover article to Carlos Prieto calling him a "Renaissance Man" and examining "his astoundingly rich life as a performer, author, globe-trotter and tireless promoter of Latin composers."
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Prieto has written ten books: "Russian Letters", "Around the World with the Cello", "From the USSR to Russia", "The Adventures of a Cello" – translated into English, Russian and Portuguese, "Paths and Images of Music," "5000 Years of Words," "Throughout China with the Cello," with a foreword by Yo-Yo Ma, "A Brief History of Music in Mexico," "Dmitri Shostakovich, Genius and Drama," and “My musical tours around the world. Music in Mexico and autobiographical notes.”
Every three years the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition is held in Morelia, México, in conjunction with the Conservatorio de las Rosas. The next competition will take place in August, 2019.
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