Jaime Martín

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor, Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Chief Conductor, Orquestra de Cadaqués
Artistic Director, Santander International Festival

 

Biography

Jaime Martín has risen quickly to international acclaim as a conductor in recent years following his prominent career as a flautist. In 2013 he became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Gävle Symphony Orchestra and he is also Chief Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués and Artistic Director of the Santander International Festival.

Highlights of Martin’s 16/17 season include return visits to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona and Philharmonia Orchestra. He also makes debuts with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony, the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, the RTVE Orchestra in Madrid and conducts a Mendelssohn project in Munich with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Since turning to conducting only five years ago he has worked with an impressive list of orchestras that includes the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, London Mozart Players, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra Lyon, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and Winterthur Orchestra.

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Reviews

“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

The Telegraph

“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

Delo

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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 12/17/2016

“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 11 February 2017

“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.”

Telegraph by John Allison 

 

“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.”

The Donimion Post by John Button 

“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.”

Delo (Slovenian National Newspaper) by Borut Smrekar

“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”

Michael Anthony, Star Tribune 

“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.”

Classical Source by Colin Anderson 

“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. ”

Der Landbote by Sibylle Ehrismann 

“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.”

Gramophone. co.uk by Andrew Achenbach 

“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 ”

Chronicle Live by Rob Barnes