Prieto has led the orchestra since the fall of 2003. He is also associate conductor of the Houston Symphony and the music director designate of the Louisiana Philharmonic; he has appeared in several benefit concerts with the LPO since the orchestra was displaced by Hurricane Katrina last fall.
A native of Mexico, Prieto has also led the Xalapa Symphony and appeared with the Prieto Quartet as a violinist.
According to the Times, Prieto has helped to boost subscriptions, contributions, and visits from world-class soloists during his tenure in Huntsville.
The paper also reports that Prieto has been named to the Forum of Young Global Leaders, a group that meets annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.