Carlos Prieto was born in Mexico City. He began playing the cello at age four, studying with the Hungarian cellist Imre Hartman and later with Pierre Fournier in Geneva and Leonard Rose in New York.

Mr. Prieto was a long time friend of Igor Stravinsky. When Stravinsky returned to Russia in 1962 after a fifty-year absence, he was accompanied in Moscow by Mr. Prieto, who was at that time studying in Russia. He also knew Shostakovich and has premiered his first Cello Concerto in different cities in Mexico as well as in Spain.

Mr. Prieto has received enthusiastic public acclaim and won excellent reviews for his performances throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Latin America. The New York Times review of his Carnegie Hall debut raved, “Prieto has no technical limitations and his musical instincts are impeccable.”

He has played with orchestras from all over the world, the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Chamber Orchestra of the European Union, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and many others. He has been invited to many of the world’s most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles; Roy Thomson in Toronto; Barbican Hall and Wigmore Hall in London; Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel in Paris; Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia; Auditorio Nacional in Madrid; The Beijing and Shanghai Concert Halls; the Europalia, Granada, Berlin Festivals, etc.

Remarkable is Carlos Prieto’s contribution to the cello repertoire. Since 1980 he has played the world premieres of close to 100 compositions, most of which were written for him by the main composers from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and other countries.

Mr. Prieto has recorded over 100 works and written 10 books, some of which have been translated into English, Russian and Portuguese and have appeared in audio book form.

In 2011 he was elected Member of the Mexican Academy of the Spanish Language. In 2012 he was elected honorary member of the Ecuador Academy of the Spanish Language and, in 2016, of the Chile Academy of the Spanish Language.

Mr. Prieto’s unusual background includes degrees in Engineering and in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which appointed him in 1993 member of its Department of Music and Theater Arts Visiting Committee.

From 1995 to 2010 he was Chairman of the Foundation of the Conservatory of Las Rosas, the oldest conservatory of the Americas and Mexico’s most ambitious music education project.
He is, since 1995, member of the Mexican Seminary of Mexican Culture

He has received awards from many international institutions:
The National Award for the Arts. Mexico.
The Order of the Arts and Letters in the grade of Officer. France.
The Order of Merit, awarded by the King of Spain.
The prestigious Pushkin Medal, awarded by the President of Russia.
The University of Indiana honored him with the Eva Janzer Award, entitled “Chevalier du Violoncelle”. The School of Music of Yale University honored him with the Cultural Leadership Citation.
The Commendation for Distinguished Leadership in the Arts awarded by Texas Christian University. The Robert A. Muh Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for outstanding contributions in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

He was appointed Honorary Member of the Fine Arts Advisory Council of the University of Texas at Austin.

Every three years, the National Council for the Arts of Mexico and the Las Rosas Conservatory organize the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, so named in recognition of his career and his work in the promotion and enrichment of Latin American cello music.

In recent years he played a series of memorable concerts with Yo-Yo Ma in Mexico, Caracas, New Orleans, Chicago, Spain and Cuba.