He was born in Santiago, Chile. Immediately after graduating from the Academy of St. Cecilia in 1976 he was signed by La Fenice as assistant conductor, and the following year he joined the Tanglewood Festival with the same role. After winning the Nikolai Malko and Vittorio Gui competitions in 1980 he got his first principal position in the Paris Opera, which eventually led to performance in other theaters. However, Valdés considers his appointment as the Euskadi Symphony's principal and the Spanish National Orchestra's assistant under Jesús López Cobos in 1984 as the true beginning of his career. However he remained tied to the Paris Opera, and his operatic duties led him to resign from the Euskadi Symphony. In his departing announcement he was critical with the lack of a single seat back then and instead perform in different Basque towns, and the "lack of clear ideas to propose an orchestral model", he resigned in August 1986.
The following year he was invited by the Buffalo Philharmonic's principal Semyon Bychkov, who was looking for his successor. Thus Valdés made his American debut in October 1987 and in 1989, he was appointed Music Director of that orchestra, a position he held until 1998. From 1994 he combined it with the titularity of the Principality of Asturias Symphony, which would eventually his main position and the one where he has spent the most years, until 2010. During the 07/08 season, Valdés toured with his Asturian orchestra. The orchestra traveled Mexico, Spain and China.
|1986–12–19 ||Madrid||Conrado del Campo||Violin Concerto (posthumous)||Víctor Martín||Spanish National|
North American orchestral engagementsEdit
- Baltimore Symphony
- Buffalo Philharmonic
- Calgary Philharmonic
- Dallas Symphony
- Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
- Houston Symphony
- Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
- Louisiana Philharmonic
- Montreal Symphony
- National Arts Centre Orchestra
- National Symphony Orchestra
- New World Symphony (orchestra)
- Phoenix Symphony
- Saint Louis Symphony
- San Diego Symphony
- Seattle Symphony
- Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
- Vancouver Symphony
Other orchestral engagementsEdit
Summer festival engagementsEdit
- Semblanza:Maximiano Valdés Soublette
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- Scherzo, issue 7, September 1986, p.31