By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
For an orchestra rooted in South Florida, the recent announcement of Spanish conductor Pablo Mielgo as artistic and music director of the Symphony of the Americas suggests the consummation of a marriage made en el cielo.
“My main challenge as a Madrilenian, as a European, as an Hispanic is to bring both continents together — and especially in South Florida, to bring the Latin community to what is a wonderful orchestra,” Mielgo said in a video introduction.
Mielgo was chosen in September from over 100 candidates after the retirement earlier this year of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, who led the organization for its 32 years and who continues as Founding Artistic Director Emeritus.
As chief conductor since 2014 of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears in Palma, Spain, Mielgo regularly wielded his baton on renowned stages like Carnegie Hall and on many throughout Latin America and the Middle East. And he’s no stranger to South Florida, having collaborated with the Miami New World Symphony and the Florida Grand Opera.
“I’ve spent more than 12 years doing projects in the Miami area,” said the conductor, who plans to relocate to the region with his wife, a professional violinist, and young daughter. “My family and I love South Florida and are looking forward to becoming active members of the community.”
One way he intends to do that is by continuing his passion for supporting youth orchestras, having founded three of them and served as co-artistic director of the Medellin Philharmonic Academy since 2011.
“During these months when I was alone with my piano — we had three-months lockdown in Spain — I thought so many people are surviving in their own rooms thanks to the arts,” Mielgo said in his greeting to South Floridians. “Think: music, cinema, dance, everything through a screen, through a speaker — most probably in this time we were your best friend. We made you suffer a little bit less in this lockdown.
“So I thought why, when we come [back to] normal, the arts is not still the first thing we think about? I invite you to keep this feeling.”
PHOTO: Pablo Mielgo, courtesy.