Symphony of the Americas enters its 36th season in the 2023- 2024 season under the direction of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Pablo Mielgo.
Pablo Mielgo, a conductor from Madrid, is a true world citizen with an entrepreneurial spirit and the mission to make music accessible to everyone.
Appointed in 2020 as the new Artistic Director & Conductor of Symphony of the Americas, Pablo is also the Chief of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears (OSIB), based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Following his studies at the Royal Conservatory in his hometown of Madrid, the Reina Sofia School, and then the London Guildhall School of Music, Pablo has led orchestras around the world.
Moreover, he has created a network of numerous musical friendships between Berlin and Qatar, Lucerne and Los Angeles, and with renowned musicians who are now enriching the landscape. The 2021-2022 Concert season with Symphony of the Americas featured guest artists Juan Pablo Jofre from Argentina, Spanish-born violinist Francisco Fullana, and American soprano Rebecca Nelsen, living in Vienna. The Symphony welcomed renowned American soprano Karen Slack in February, 2022.
Pablo is a sought-after conductor who continues to conduct globally. Some recent performances include the Slowakische Philharmonie in Vienna, Austria, with Soprano Nadine Sierra, Orchestra Sinfonica in Palermo, Italy, with Andrea Roberto on guitar, and at the Volkstheater in Rostock, Germany, with Rafael Aguirre on guitar.
Pablo has also recently collaborated with German cellist Alban Gehardt, American operatic soprano Ailyn Perez, Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno, Franco-Albanian pianist, Marie-Ange Sopiqoti-Nguci, and Russian violinist Sergei Krylov, to name a few. On February 2, 2023, Pablo led the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in a gala performance with world-renown soprano Nadine Sierra at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré, Pablo Casals Symphony Hall. On April 3, 2023, Pablo had the distinct honor of conducting and leading a Gala Benefit concert for the “Projecte Home Balears,” chaired by S.M. The Queen Dona Sofia of Spain, with Queen Sofia in attendance, held at the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Mallorca in Palma.
During the summer of 2023, Mielgo went on world tour with two exceptional sopranos; Nadine Sierra and Pretty Yende. Yende, who sang at the Coronation of King Charles in May 2023, was the first African soloist ever invited to perform at a British Coronation.
Mielgo conducted orchestras in The Balearic Islands, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Budapest, Hungary, and Italy. Additional guest musicians and vocalists included cellist Kian Soltani, promising young pianists Dmitry Shishkin, and Davit Khrikul, and soprano Olena Tokarm and tenor Xabier Anduaga. Pablo Mielgo has assisted conductors such as James Conlon, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado.
He regularly conducts on the great stages of Europe such as the Wiener Musikverein, the USA such as Carnegie Hall New York, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2005 he has been the musical and artistic director of the SaludArte Foundation, which aims to bring about social change through music.
Pablo is especially dedicated to the promotion of young talents. Since 2011, he has served as co-artistic director of the Medellin Philharmonic Academy, striving to give young artists access to musical education.
James Brooks-Bruzzese founded Symphony of the Americas in 1987 and served as artistic director and conductor for 32 years. He retired in 2020 and on November 13, 2020, The Symphony presented a special tribute, “Merci Maestro,” which highlighted his extraordinary contributions to classical music.
Born in Panama, Brooks-Bruzzese arrived in the U.S. in the late 1950s, embarking on a distinguished conducting career in opera and orchestral classical music. He founded the Florida Chamber Orchestra in the 1980s, which led to his founding of the Florida Music Festival and its outgrowth, the Symphony of the Americas. Florida Chamber Orchestra is not associated with the Symphony of the Americas. The Sinfonia Virtuosi and Chorus of Florida was founded by Brooks in the 1980s which eventually became Symphony of the Americas.
The Symphony continues its commitment to serving South Florida’s multicultural population with diverse programming – a cultural crossroads of music, ranging from classical to Broadway. The 2021-2022 concert season featured guest artists including: award-winning bandoneon player and composer from Argentina Juan Pablo Jofre, acclaimed Spanish-born violinist Francisco Fullana, American born soprano Rebecca Nelsen, and renowned soprano Karen Slack.
At the start of the 34th Season Symphony Serenades, a newly-reimagined recital series, made its debut at the Broward Center for Performing Arts Mary Porter Ballroom in the Huizenga Pavilion.
Symphony of the Americas is a Broward County Major Cultural institution continuing to present the finest classical and crossover repertoire to South Florida audiences at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Symphony’s concert series has performed at the Amaturo Theater, at the Broward Center, since the theater’s inaugural concert in 1991, at which German powerhouse pianist, Michael Ponti performed with Symphony of the Americas.
The Symphony of the Americas musical legacy has also been captured on PBS, and more than 30 compact disc recordings.
Since its inception, The Symphony has collaborated closely with local non-profit organizations and municipalities to present outreach concerts and educational programs. The Symphony has also served as a cultural bridge to audiences in Latin America and Europe through the internationally renowned Summerfest Series.
The six-week cultural exchange program traditionally featured musicians and soloists from acclaimed orchestras throughout Europe, including Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Opera Orchestra of Bulgaria, Mission Symphony Orchestra of Switzerland, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and others, performing several styles of classical and popular music for strings, all joined in a cultural exchange by principal musicians of our own Symphony of the Americas. Summerfest featured soloists and musicians from the Hungarian Virtuosi, Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Cappella Istropolitana, Mont Blanc Chamber Orchestra of France, Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome and Czech Moravian Virtuosi.