Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Chief Conductor

Spanish conductor and flautist Jaime Martín will begin the new post in February 2022

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The London-based conductor will succeed Sir Andrew Davis, who stepped down from the position in 2019.

After engagements with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in previous years, Martín will return in August 2021 to conduct the orchestra in three public concerts. His first season will begin with a concert in February, 2022, after which he’ll spend 12 weeks a year in Melbourne, leading the orchestra on tour and in recordings. 

Martín currently serves as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony, the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Gävle Symphony Orchestra — and was recently appointed the role of Principal Guest Conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra for the 22/23 Season. 

Before shifting his focus to conducting in 2013, Martín served as Principal Flute with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As a soloist, he made the premiere recording of Sinfonietta Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, written for him by Xavier Montsalvatge. 

"Jaime has already left a lasting impression on the Orchestra in his previous visits to Melbourne," said Sophie Galaise, Managing Director of the MSO.  

"He has wowed us all with his joyous music making, remarkable artistry, and incredible connection to our musicians. We are excited to welcome Jaime to Victoria and share his vision with our music-loving community. The Orchestra will shine under Jaime’s baton."

"From our first project together I have felt a very special connection with the talented and committed players of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and been hugely impressed with the high standard of the musicians and the management team," said Martín. "It is a great honour to accept the position of Chief Conductor, and to collaborate with them in the coming years to deliver programs that will excite and engage Victoria’s audiences."