It was announced today that Spanish conductor Jaime Martín will take the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra (Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España (OCNE)) in the 22/23 season. Martín made his debut with the orchestra standing in at short notice at the Santander International Festival on 30th August 2020 in a programme comprising Beethoven’s Second and Fifth symphonies, and was immediately invited to conduct them in their home series in Madrid in January 2021 in a programme with works by Torres, Bruch and Sibelius. In the 2021/22 season he will return to conduct works of Schumann and Dvorak, leading to his attainment of the Principal Guest Conductor in 2022/23.
Jaime Martín is Chief Conductor of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Conductor of Sweden’s Gävle Symphony Orchestra. Having turned to conducting full-time in 2013 and has conducted an impressive list of orchestras that includes the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Swedish Radio Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saabruecken, Essen Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Recent and future engagements include return visits to the London Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Antwerp Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Gulbenkian orchestras, and upcoming debuts with the Dresden Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestras.
As a flautist, Martín was principal flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English National Opera, Academy of St Martin the Fields and London Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also the Artistic Director of the Santander Festival and a founding member of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, where he was Chief Conductor from 2012 to 2019.