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LPO's Prieto and Italian pianist Lupo offer public masterclasses at Loyola

Loyola press release - October 11, 2013

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Conductor and Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto and award-winning Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo will present free masterclasses this month at Loyola University New Orleans. These classes afford Loyola students the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from world-class artists in preparation for music careers. Both masterclasses and a special open rehearsal performance are free and open to the public.

Prieto’s conducting masterclass is Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed by an open rehearsal with the Loyola Symphony Orchestra performing portions of Mahler Symphony No. 1. Lupo’s class is Friday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. All events take place in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

Currently in his eighth season as music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Prieto is heralded as one of the most dynamic young conductors on the classical stage today, currently holding four music directorships in his native Mexico and the United States. He is music director of Mexico’s most important orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, as well as another Mexican orchestra, the Orquesta Mineria. He is also music director of YOA Orchestra of the Americas, a group of 100 musical leaders, ages 18 to 30, from 25 countries of the Western Hemisphere.

Prieto has made guest appearances with numerous North American orchestras and conducted orchestras throughout Europe, Russia, Israel and Latin America. In May, his contract was extended by the LPO through the 2018-19 season, adding an additional five years to his tenure. Prieto’s class is supported in part by the generosity of Drs. Dennis and Lynne Gleiber and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Nielsen.

Lupo is a first-prize recipient at multiple prestigious international competitions, including the London Terence Judd Prize and the Alfred Cortot Competition, among others. After winning the 1989 bronze medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he gained worldwide recognition and began frequent tours of Europe and America. His collaborations with renowned orchestras and conductors include the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductors Michel Plasson, Frans Brüggen and Vladimir Jurowski, to name a few. Lupo will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mahalia Jackson Theater Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The masterclasses are part of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Masterclass Series at Loyola, which features a wide range of world-renowned musicians, including violinist Karen Gomyo, pianist Lilya Zilberstein, violinist Philippe Quint, Cuban musician and composer Paquito D’Rivera, and organist Paul Jacobs.

Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts has a vast music program, with more than 500 undergraduate majors in the School of Music and Department of Music Industry Studies.