Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra names Jaime Martín music director

Posted on: February 21, 2018

“For Jaime Martín, the first time was the charm,” writes Rick Schultz in Tuesday’s (2/20) Los Angeles Times. “The Spanish conductor, who made his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut only in September, has been named the ensemble’s next music director…. Martín is the successor to Jeffrey Kahane, who stepped down in June after a 20-year tenure.” Martín’s three-year contract begins with LACO’s 2019-20 season. “Martín, 52, recalled that from the first five minutes of the first rehearsal with the LACO musicians, he felt a special connection. ‘It felt like we had a natural way of communicating with each other,’ he said…. Principal flute of the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic orchestras and of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Martín turned to conducting full-time five years ago. He is principal conductor of Sweden’s Gävle Symphony and chief conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra, a chamber ensemble in Spain. ‘Martín brings a shared sense of musical culture between London and L.A.,’ said Scott Harrison, LACO’s executive director. ‘Jaime’s ambitious and that’s good.’.… As the sixth music director of the orchestra, he plans to expand its programming, which combines core repertoire with modern music.”

Posted February 21, 2018

Jaime Martín photo by Alexander Lindstrom