Melbourne Symphony selects Jaime Martín as principal conductor, effective January 2022

Posted on: June 14, 2021

“Spaniard Jaime Martín will pick up the baton as the next principal conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra after a five-year hunt to fill the position,” writes Kerrie O’Brien in Saturday’s (6/12) Age (Melbourne, Australia). “Martín, who has led some of the world’s best orchestras, commissioned major new works and is highly acclaimed for his career as a flautist, will visit Melbourne in August to conduct a concert series before he starts in the position in January. He replaces Sir Andrew Davis, who ended his tenure as chief conductor after six years in 2019 and will now become conductor laureate. The London-based conductor, 55, … is currently music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, chief conductor of Ireland’s top orchestra the RTE National Symphony and is a principal conductor with Sweden’s Gavle Symphony Orchestra. He was also recently announced as the principal guest conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra for 2022-23…. Accessibility is high on Martín’s agenda.… From a humble family … on Spain’s north coast, seeing his first concert when he was eight was life-changing…. ‘I was lucky because if I was interested in learning to play the flute, I could do it… Music education was free for everybody.’ ”