Jaime Martín

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Jaime Martín (born 1 September 1965) is a Spanish conductor and flautist.


Born in Santander, Spain, Martín began his music studies on the flute at age 8, and became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain at age 13.[1] He was a pupil of Antonio Arias in Madrid and later with Paul Verhey in The Hague. He began his career as a flautist.[2] He attained posts as principal flute with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra,[3] the last post with the LPO for 3 years.[1] He also worked regularly as a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In 1991, he made his debut as soloist at Carnegie Hall with the Flute Concerto by Nielsen. He has recorded chamber music with the Gaudier Ensemble, the Brindisi String Quartet, Pinchas Zukerman and others. He is a founder member of the Cadaqués Orchestra. In 1998, he became a flute teacher at the Royal College of Music, London.

Martín became chief conductor (director titular) of the Orquesta de Cadaqués in 2011. In July 2012, Martín became artistic adviser of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra. On 1 July 2013, he became the orchestra's principal conductor, with an initial contract of 4 years. In September 2015, the orchestra extended his contract through 2020.[4] Martín had been scheduled to conclude his tenure as chief conductor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra at the close of the 2020-2021 season. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the orchestra and Martín extended the scheduled date of the conclusion of his tenure by one year, into 2022.[5] He has recorded commercially with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra for such labels as Ondine.[6]

Martín first guest-conducted the National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) in September 2016. Following three subsequent return guest-conducting appearances, in January 2018, the National Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Martín as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2019–2020 season, with an initial contract of three years.[7] In August 2022, the National Symphony Orchestra announced a two-season extension of Martín's contract as its chief conductor.[8] He is scheduled to conclude his RTÉ NSO tenure at the close of the 2023-2024 season.[9]

In September 2017, Martín first guest-conducted the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). On the basis of this appearance, in February 2018, the LACO named Martín its next music director, effective with the 2019–2020 season, with an initial contract of three years.[3] In June 2021, the LACO announced an extension of Martín's contract through 2027.[10]

Martín first guest-conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in June 2019, and returned for an additional guest-conducting appearance in February 2021. In June 2021, the MSO announced the appointment of Martín as its next chief conductor, effective in 2022.[11] In March 2024, the MSO announced the extension of Martín's contract as chief conductor to 2028, with the addition of the title of artistic adviser.[9]

Martín has commissioned premieres of works by Ellen Reid, Andrew Norman, Missy Mazzoli, Derrick Skye, Albert Schnelzer and Juan Pablo Contreras. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, London.[12]

Martín is married to Rachel Gough, principal bassoonist of the London Symphony Orchestra.[11] The couple have two sons and make their home in London.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Sarah Catherall (19 November 2015). "NZSO guest conductor Jaime Martin on rites and rituals". Stuff (New Zealand). Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  2. ^ Royal, Jason (2 September 2002). "András Schiff and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe". Andante. Archived from the original on 17 February 2004. Retrieved 16 May 2010..
  3. ^ a b Rick Schultz (20 February 2018). "L.A. Chamber Orchestra names Jaime Martín as music director". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 February 2018..
  4. ^ "Jaime Martín fortsätter som chefdirigent". Gefle Dagblad. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Chefdirigent Jaime Martín förlänger med Gävle Symfoniorkester" (Press release). Gävle Symphony Orchestra. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  6. ^ Fiona Maddocks (5 March 2017). "Brahms: Serenades 1 & 2 CD review – Jaime Martín in the spotlight". The Observer. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Jaime Martín announced as Chief Conductor of the RTÉ NSO" (Press release). RTÉ. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Chief Conductor Jaime Martín Extends Relationship with Ireland's National Symphony Orchestra and Announces 75th Anniversary Season" (Press release). IMG Artists. 5 August 2022. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Maestro Martín renews commitment to MSO until 2028" (Press release). Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. 21 March 2024. Retrieved 22 March 2024.
  10. ^ "Jaime Martín Extends Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Contract Through June 2027" (Press release). IMG Artists. 2 June 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  11. ^ a b Clive Paget (12 June 2021). "MSO announces Jaime Martín as Chief Conductor". Limelight Magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Honours and Fellowships". Royal College of Music. Archived from the original on 12 June 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2021.

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Preceded by Principal Conductor, Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
(post vacant)
Preceded by Chief Conductor, National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland)
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Preceded by Music Director, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
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