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Biography

Awarded with the highest honors bestowed to exponents of the national culture of Cuba, Ivan del Prado is recognized as one of the most gifted Latin American conductors. Maestro del Prado was the Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Artistic and Music Director of the Gran Teatro de La Habana Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of The Baja California Orchestra and General Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, which he founded in 2006. Currently, he is the Assistant Conductor of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro del Prado musical excellence has been nurtured by his assisting conductors including   Daniel Barenboim at the Deutsch Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Leo Brouwer in the Cuba National Symphony Orchestra. The great pianist Jorge Luis Prats has special place in his artistic training as a mentor and artistic guide.

Del Prado has been guest conductor for numerous symphony orchestras including The Staatkapelle Berlin, Germany; Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville; Oviedo Symphony Orchestra;  The Gran Canarias Philharmonic Orchestra, Spain; The Symphony Orchestra of the “Comunidad de Madrid”; Tenerife Symphony Orchestra; Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, Portugal; National Symphony Orchestra, USA; The Pacific Symphony Orchestra; Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Mississippi Symphony Orchestra; Meridian Symphony Orchestra; Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, China; Shanghai Broadcast Symphony Orchestra; Symphony Orchestra of the Beijing Central Ballet; Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra; Nuevo Leon University Symphony Orchestra; The Xalapa Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonic Orchestra of UNAM; Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra, Colombia, and The Dominican Republic Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to his vast repertory, he has been praised by critics on several occasions for his masterful interpretation on both standard Romantic literature and works from the 20th Century.

His versatility spans the genres of symphony, opera and ballet. Opera has given del Prado the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding artists such as Maestro Luigi Alba, José Carreras, Victoria de Los Angeles and Fernando de la Mora. Ballet has taken him to conduct the Deutsch Staatsoper Unter den Linden Ballet and The Cuban National Ballet collaborating with eminent artists such as the Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso and the French choreographer Patrice Bart.

Ivan del Prado has also excelled in the field of education.  Currently he is the Artistic Director of the Premier Orchestral Institute in Jackson, MS. Previously, he offered a course of Musical Interpretation in the National Conservatory of Lima, Peru and organized and led the First Workshop for Young Conductors in Latin America and the Caribbean held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2000. In addition he was a founder of the national movement of youth orchestras in Cuba in 1993.

Ivan was born in a family of musicians in the Cuban city of Holguin. He studied violin and viola there before receiving Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestra Conducting Summa Cum Laude from the Instituto Superior de Arte (Havana’s High Institute of Arts, Cuba).