Artistic Director & Principal Conductor, Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Chief Conductor, Orquestra de Cadaqués
Artistic Director, Santander International Festival
Music Director Designate, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (from 2019/20)
Chief Conductor Designate, RTE National Symphony Orchestra (from 2019/20)
In September 2019 Jaime Martín will become Principal Conductor of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Gävle Symphony Orchestra since 2013, and his time there has brought the orchestra a new level of international recognition through highly acclaimed recordings and touring performances.
Having spent many years as a highly regarded flautist, working with the most inspiring conductors of our time, Jaime turned to conducting full-time in 2013. Since then he has worked with an impressive list of orchestras that includes the London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Swedish Radio Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Essen Philharmonic, Gulbenkian and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.Read more
Autumn 2018 saw highly successful debut performances with the London Symphony Orchestra and Christian Tetzlaff in Madrid and London, with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Joshua Bell, and with the Colorado Symphony and Pinchas Zukerman. In January 2019 he completed a nine-concert tour of Europe with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including performances at the Gasteig in Munich and the Cologne Philharmonie. Jaime made his conducting debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Gävle Symphony in September and later this season he will undertake an extensive tour of Switzerland and an appearance at the Prague Spring Festival with Orquestra de Cadaqués. Other future orchestral debuts include engagements with the Melbourne and West Australian Symphony orchestras, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Staatskapelle Halle and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Jaime is recording a series for Ondine Records with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra; this includes the Brahms Serenades, Songs of Destiny, Brahms choral works with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, and a recording of the Brahms Piano Quartet arranged by Schoenberg, which will be released in February 2019. He has also recorded Schubert Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” with Orquestra de Cadaqués and various discs with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for Tritó Records. In 2015 he recorded James Horner’s last symphonic work “Collages” for four horns and orchestra with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jaime made his operatic debut conducting The Magic Flute at El Escorial Madrid and San Sebastian Festival in August 2012. His debut at the English National Opera in February 2013 conducting The Barber of Seville led to a return in autumn 2014 to conduct The Marriage of Figaro.
As a flautist, Jaime 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. Very sought after as a soloist, he made a recording of Mozart flute concertos with Sir Neville Marriner, the premiere recording of Sinfonietta Concerto for Flute and Orchestra written for him by Xavier Montsalvatge and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, and Bach works for flute, violin, and piano with Murray Perahia and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for Sony. He was also a founding member of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, and whilst he has held the title of Chief Conductor with the orchestra since 2012, his association with them has spanned over thirty years.
Jaime is the Artistic Director of the Santander Festival. Over the last five years he has brought financial stability and created a platform for some of the most exciting artists in their fields, ranging from symphony orchestras and baroque ensembles to education workshops and ballet companies.
Jaime Martin is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, London, where he was a flute professor. He now enjoys working with many of his former students in orchestras around the world.
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RTÉ today announced the Spanish conductor Jaime Martín as Chief Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. This appointment is for three seasons and effective from September 2019. Making today’s announcement, Anthony Long, General Manager, RTÉ National Symphony...
Jamie Martín will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra on its December tour. He will lead the orchestra in two programmes: Brahms’ Violin Concerto, with Arabella Steinbacher, and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in Munich on 10 December; and Beethoven’s Leonore...
Jaime Martín earned international acclaim for his sold-out London Symphony Orchestra debut in Madrid (17 October) and London (21 October). Martín led the LSO in a programme featuring selections from De Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat, Parts I & II; Lalo’s Symphonie...
“Martín expertly teases out the orchestral textures, allowing us to appreciate the subtlety of Brahms’s string- and woodwind-writing in Nänie and Schicksalslied, and his striking deployment of the brass in Begräbnisgesang. The choral singing, meanwhile, is exceptional in its control and balance, the counterpoint wonderfully clear and vivid, even in the most complex polyphony.
Martín is often at his best when Brahms is at his most severe. Gesang der Parzen really hits home with its measured, oppressive tread and finely controlled dynamic shading. Begräbnisgesang, taken faster than usual, is similarly relentless, rivalling John Eliot Gardiner’s version (SDG, 10/08) in its fierce austerity.”Tim Ashley
“A late stand-in, the conductor Jaime Martín had done an impressively quick study of the score. Controlling his forces with aplomb, he also wittily changed the programme to include Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, mixing elegance and grace with rugged, Ossianic drama. The final pages blazed majestically. […] Martín’s detailed performance took on heady swagger, and his infectious enjoyment of the music communicated to the orchestra and audience alike.”John Allison
“Our attention was especially caught by the conductor Jaime Martín. With his extraordinary musicality and mature and suggestive interpretation, he pleased our public offering a much more genuine music enjoyment than many of his much more famous colleagues.”Borut Smrekar
“Jaime Martín leads choir and orchestra displaying great sensibility for this exceedingly beautiful music. There is both tenderness and no small measure of intense dramatic soulfulness when called for, and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir contributes with admirably supple, nuanced and transparent choral singing. Choir and orchestra is always a challenge for all record producers, but here they have achieved a near enough perfect balance. All in all; a wonderful record, and as a bonus you get the unusual Begräbnisgesang and the Liebeslieder Walzer, so popular during Brahms own life.”
“It was in the Brahms Serenade that Martín showed what he could really do — producing a flowing, swaying rhythm in the first scherzo and rugged power in the Beethovenian scherzo, coaxing lovely phrasing from the winds in the fourth movement, sometimes letting the baton dangle from his left hand (a throwback to Bernstein) as he shaped the music with his right. And the orchestra’s playing grew sharper and more responsive the further it went into the piece.”Richard S. Ginell Oct 1st 2017
“You know within seconds that this release is going to be good: droning string fifths introducing the catchiest of horn solos, the tune echoed in some style by a winningly perky clarinet. This is Premier League playing, and discovering that it’s from an orchestra you’ve never heard of adds to the pleasure. Brahms’s two Serenades are terrific pieces and don’t get heard anything like as often as they deserve. Happily, both are on this disc, wonderfully performed by Sweden’s Gåvle Symphony Orchestra under Spanish flautist-turned-conductor Jaime Martín.”
Graham Rickson Apr 1st 2017
“The beautiful result was thanks to conscientious conducting by Jaime Martín, with whom [Daniel] Hope demonstrated a perfect and palpable harmony, and the excellent response of an orchestra solidly integrated in the soloist’s phrasing.”
“The capacity of communication and concentration of the Cantabrian conductor was particularly evident in the second half: in the contrasts and dramatic relief that is Beethoven’s Seventh.”
“A visionary conductor, discerning and meticulous in the handling of the setup opened an impacting first movement, followed by an Allegretto which was fittingly sombre and luminous in each of the movement’s openings.”
“Martin’s detailed insight of the score transferred effectively to the music and could only be crowned with an outstanding encore: Sibelius’s Valse Triste.“
Diego A. Civilotti Feb 11th 2017
“The other surprise comes from Jaime Martín, effective leader whose precise but never exaggerated beating reminds of the fluidity and clarity values that were long those of Neville Marriner at the head of these musicians. The very silhouette of the Spanish conductor, soberly encamped and without gestural overflowing, participates in this same atmosphere of music of very high level but without theatricality or excessive roughness: a comfort a little past fashion today but still quite pleasant.”
Laurent Barthel Dec 17th 2016
“This, the second programme conducted by Jaime Martin, was one of high contrast, and it revealed, above everything else, that he is a conductor of real musical and communication skills. To move from the serene, atmospheric modality, of Vaughan Williams’ sublime The Lark Ascending, through the distinctive sound world of 1950s William Walton and on to the most famous “modern” work of them all – The Rite of Spring – was impressive. But to do so with a superb grasp of the essence of each of the works, and then to draw playing of the highest class from the NZSO, marked him out as a rare talent – he must return. The concert opened with Vaughan Wiiliam’s almost visual evocation of a bird in flight, played with astonishing control by Vesa-Matti Leppanen , partnered by some beautiful playing from the orchestra – how ravishing were the string pianissimos. The Walton Cello Concerto is the third of his string concertos and is probably the least interesting of the three. But it is full of Walton’s distinctive fingerprints and Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi played it beautifully. Again the orchestral support was superbly managed. The premiere of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ is almost as famous as the work itself. The riot in the auditorium overshadowed the music and the dancers, but it established the work as the pinnacle of chaotic modernism. The original musicians had trouble with score, but time has seen almost any decent orchestra able to handle its demands, but a really hair raising performance is rare. Somehow conductor Martin, who was clearly inside every detail , clearly comfortable with every rhythmic shift, conscious of the unusual instrumental writing and extremely dramatic in his approach, was able to hint at the shock of 29th May 1913. Few performances – and none I have heard – have managed to achieve this. A great concert.”
“Martin, who has a good rapport with this orchestra, skillfully engineered the ever-shifting tempo changes in the Milhaud, and he moved the Ives symphony with assured pacing and delicate color”
“The evening’s conductor was Spain’s Jaime Martin, who, having spent much time in the ranks as a flautist, knows exactly what it takes to energise musicians. From the dramas of Eroica’s opening two movements – the second, which is a slow funeral march, was particularly excellent with great depth of tone and feeling – to the scherzo and the allegro in its concluding two, Martin brought out all of the conflicts and moods in fine fashion “
“I’ve already sung the praises of flautist-turned-conductor Jaime Martín in his Tritó coupling devoted to Catalan composers Juli Garreta and Eduardo Toldrà (4/13), and now find much to like in his recording of Schubert’s Great C major Symphony. Not only is he laudably attentive to the spirit and text of this mighty edifice (unless I’m mistaken, every repeat is observed), he draws some highly personable, beautifully blended and exquisitely turned playing from the Orquestra de Cadaqués (founded in 1988 for the eponymous music festival). Martín’s pacing is spot-on, his approach admirably unmannered. He also possesses a keen ear and is judicious in matters of balance (I particularly enjoyed the trombones’ tasteful contribution throughout), and the whole performance radiates a nourishing sense of proportion, dedication and grace that are very endearing (the Trio section has a gentle swing and delicious poise about it that cannot fail to lift the spirits). Collectors weaned on old-school masters such as Toscanini (especially his blisteringly eloquent 1941 Philadelphia account), Mengelberg, Walter, Furtwängler, Konwitschny, Munch, Szell, Boult, Krips, Kubelík, Wand and Haitink may find it all a wee bit polite (I’m thinking in particular of the seismic climax of the slow movement), but I for one am happy to have made this lithe and fresh-faced newcomer’s acquaintance. Glowingly engineered in the Auditorio de Zaragoza (which evidently boasts a very kind acoustic), this strikes me as well worth hunting down.”
“A late stand-in, the conductor Jaime Martín had done an impressively quick study of the score. Controlling his forces with aplomb, he also wittily changed the programme to include Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, mixing elegance and grace with rugged, Ossianic drama. The final pages blazed majestically. […] Martín’s detailed performance took on heady swagger, and his infectious enjoyment of the music communicated to the orchestra and audience alike.”
“With the withdrawal of Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Jaime Martín was called in to bat. No stranger to London as a musician, whether as a flautist with the London Philharmonic or as a guest-conductor at English National Opera and Guildhall School, Martín currently holds positions with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra de Cadaqués. His rise through the conducting ranks has been meteoric. Not surprising really for this concert as a short-notice replacement was a great success for him. In Kodály’s Dances of Galánta Martín cut a commanding figure and led an account of the music that was zesty, aflame and alluring – and expansive and gentle where it needed to be – further distinguished by Katy Woolley’s horn solos and Mark van de Wiel’s on clarinet. […] The concert’s second half was to have been a selection from Prokofiev’s ballet music for Romeo and Juliet. Instead, Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony found Martín leading it from the inside, the slow introduction immediately strong, atmospheric and soulfully expressive. In terms of tempos, clarity and chamber-like interaction, the demonstrative yet lucid Martín got a wonderful response from the Philharmonia Orchestra, and he ensured that the horns and trumpets were nicely embedded into the textures (when horns and oboes share material, you always heard the latter). It was no hardship to have the first-movement exposition repeated, for it was full of incident and thoughtful dynamic variation, the music living and breathing in the most suggestive way. Martín judged each attacca ideally, the scherzo scintillatingly quick without blurring, the slow movement full of feeling and emotionally burdened, and the finale was lively and keen. Come the mists, Martín lingered awhile, quite impressionistic, before the apotheosis joyfully brought the curtain down on an absorbing and impressive performance.”
“Conductor Jaime Martin, once a gifted flautist, led the orchestra naturally. That he, as a wind player, has a special flair for phrasing revealed itself in Haydn’s Symphony No. 95 in C minor. The “Andante Cantabile” in particular succeeded with its wide breathing and distinct phrasing, a peculiarity of Martin’s, which bestowed a surprising grace on the great contrasts in Haydn’s Symphony. “