Miguel Salmon Del Real
One of the most solid conductors of his generation, composer, musicologist and researcher. He holds professional academic degrees (Composition, Choral and Orchestral Conducting, Musicology) from Mexico, Italy and the Netherlands in addition to master courses in conducting in Switzerland, France and Mexico.
Currently principal conductor of the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra for the Arts, he has conducted 42 orchestras in 13 countries, 20 choirs and 11 ensembles, as well as 228 soloists from 28 nationalities. He has premiered more than a hundred works composed in the 21st century by 78 Mexican composers and has rescued historical works, such as the second violin concerto by Julián Carrillo, the second opera by Ricardo Castro “La Leyenda de Rudel”, among others. (List of details at miguelsalmondelreal.com)
In parallel, he works as a composer, teacher, lecturer and columnist in the newspapers El Heraldo de México, Noroeste, and La Voz de Michoacán.
In 2017 he became the first Secretary of Culture of the city of Morelia. During his administration he promoted and obtained for Morelia, the designation as “Creative City” by UNESCO, in the area of music, unique in Mexico, to date.
“…performing precise and with clear gestures he gets out of the orchestra a thrilling sound… …delivers an almost floating symphony…”
In Europe and South America he has conducted the following orchestras:
- Domenico Scarlatti Orchestra (Montecatini and Forte dei Marmi, Italy, 2019)
- Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2019)
- Orquestra de l’Associació de Concerts – Camerata XXI (Reus, Spain, 2018)
- Berliner Sibelius Orchester (Berlin, Germany and Querétaro, Qro., Mexico, 2017)
- Orchestra da Camera Città di Fondi (Fondi, Italy, 2017)
- Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro (Brasilia, 2016)
- Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic (Poland, 2016)
- Kalisz Philharmonic (Poland, 2015)
- Trier Philharmonic (Germany, 2014)
- Voronezh Symphony (Russia, 2014)
- Opole Philharmonic (Poland, 2014)
- Gaia Philharmonic (Portugal, 2014)
- Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, (Paris, France, 2008)
- Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava (Czech Republic, 2007)
- Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire de Paris, (France, 2007)
- Orchestre d’Auvergne (France, 2007)
- Court Circuit Ensemble (France, 2007)
- Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, (Paris, France, 2007)
- Ensemble of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2006)
- London Steve Reich Ensemble (U.K. 2005)
- Lucerne Festival Academy Symphony Orchestra (Lucerne, Switzerland, 2005)
- KC Royal Ensemble (The Hague, The Netherlands, 2004)
- Kosmopolitan Ensemble Berlin (Berlin, Germany, 2003)
“He has certainly proven to be a serious and talented musician”
In Mexico he has conducted:
- Eduardo Mata University Youth Orchestra (2020)
- Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra (2020)
- Chihuahua Philharmonic Orchestra (2019)
- Yucatán Symphony Orchestra (2019)
- Zacatecas Philharmonic Orchestra (2018)
- UANL Symphony Orchestra (2018)
- Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (2018)
- Coahuila Camerata (2018)
- Contemporary Ensemble of Morelia (2017)
- Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the PF (2017)
- Orquesta Filarmónica del Desierto (2016)
- Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa (2016)
- Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán (Chief Conductor, 2012-15)
- Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (2012, 2014 and 2015)
- Orquesta de la Universidad de Guanajuato (2013, 2015 and 2016)
- Camerata de Coahuila (2015)
- Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes (2012, 2014 and 2016)
- Orquesta Escuela Carlos Chávez (2014)
- Orquesta Filarmónica de Zacatecas (2014)
- Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Carlos Chávez (2012 and 2013)
- Orquesta Sinfónica de San Luis Potosí (2013)
- Orquesta de la Universidad de Hidalgo (2007, 2009 and 2012)
- Orquesta Sinfónica de Puebla (2010 and 2011)
- Orquesta Sinfónica de Coyoacán (2010 and 2011)
- Orquesta Sinfónica de la Escuela Superior de Música (2009-10, Assistant conductor. Enrique Diemecke, Chief conductor)
- Ensamble Nuevo de México (Founder and Chief Conductor. Since 2009)
- Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonora (2009)
- Orquesta Juvenil de Zacatecas (2009)
- University of Hidalgo Symphony Orchestra (2008)
- Mexico City Pro-Arte Orchestra (2001)
“His command of the ensembles and his knowledge of the scores are superb… selfless, serious and substancial…”
Since 2009, as chief conductor of the Ensamble Nuevo de México, he has carried out about 70 world premieres of Mexican living composers.
In 2012 he became a winner, by unanimous decision, for the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra of the Arts at its first competition for Mexican conductors.
Between 2012 and 2015 he served as chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Michoacan, a position obtained by national competition. In that period he accomplished 113 symphony concerts in 14 cities, of Mexico, 34 world premieres and 11 national premieres with the participation of 145 guests artists from 17 countries.
During this period he founded the first Michoacan Opera Festival. During this festival he rescued and premiered, in its original version, the second Opera of Ricardo Castro, “The Legend of Rudel”, achieving as well, a critical edition of the score.
Other important premieres of Mexican scores of the first half of the Twentieth Century included the symphonic poem El diluvio de Fuego of Paulino Paredes and the microtonal Concertino for ensemble and orchestra of Julian Carrillo.
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“The most versatile and promising of the new orchestral conductors”
In 2009 he received a Masters degree in orchestral conducting at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (with professor Lucas Vis, former assistant of Bruno Maderna, pupil of Hermann Scherchen). In 2005 he obtained the bachelor degree in music composition at the Conservatory of The Hague (Ayres, Barlow, van Bergeijk and Wagennar), making additional studies in algorithmic composition (Paul Berg) and psychoacoustics (Bert Kraaipoel) in the annual course at the Sonology Institute of the same Conservatory.
He was selected by Pierre Boulez in 2005 and Peter Eotvos in 2007 to take active part at the Conducting Course of the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. In 2006, Boulez wrote about him, “he has certainly proven to be a serious and talented musician.”
“A truly developed all-rounded musician”
Between 1996 and 2002, before leaving for Europe, he studied Choral, Orchestra Conducting, Musicology and languages (Xavier González) and Composition (Juan Trigos and Victor Rasgado) and piano (Gustavo Morales) as well as completing the polyphonic workshop studies with Humberto Hernandez-Medrano and several humanistic studies with Ernesto de la Peña.
He was a artistic coordinator for the International Foro de Música Nueva “Manuel Enríquez” (2010 and 2011), sponsored by the INBA (National Institute for Fine Arts).
He has served as teacher (Orchestration, Fugue, music theory, orchestral and choral workshop) at the Centre for Studies and Music Research (CIEM), the Escuela Superior de Música (ESM) and the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Mexico city.
He has lectured at the Manuel M. Ponce Sala of the Palace of Fine Arts and at the Center for Research and Documentation and Musical Information “Carlos Chávez” (CENIDIM) as well as at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM).
His Master’s thesis “New old ideas in musical composition; a compendium of unknown notions by and about Julian Carrillo” was completed in 2009 and it is based on the comprehensive study of writings and works of the composer.