Jaime Martín becomes Chief Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday 16 January 2019
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 Orchestra said: “It is with enormous pleasure that I welcome Jaime Martín’s appointment as Chief Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. In his international career and in his performances to date with the RTÉ NSO, Jaime has shown himself to be an immensely gifted conductor and a natural and charismatic communicator. He joins us at a time of great opportunity and we look forward to working closely with him. Jaime’s first concert as Chief Conductor will take place in October 2019 as part of the RTÉ NSO’s 2019-2020 Season and will feature Mahler’s Third Symphony.”
Jaime Martín made a striking debut with the RTE NSO in October 2016, delivering an exciting performance of Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 and he has since returned three times to conduct a range of programmes. His appointment opens a new artistic chapter for the orchestra, and comes alongside another new development for Martín, as he will also take up the role of Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 19/20. He will continue the role of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Gävle Symphony Orchestra which he has held since 2013. His time in Gävle has brought them a new level of recognition within Sweden and internationally, through highly acclaimed recordings and touring performances.
Jaime Martín said: “Having worked with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra on several occasions I am hugely impressed by the players’ flexibility and commitment to the music. Even more exciting is their palpable joy of sharing what happens on the stage with the audience, producing amazing moments of energy and intensity. I am very excited to join the RTÉ NSO at a time of change and development. We will endeavour to make the music world aware of the quality of this special group of musicians and at the same time make our loyal audience in Dublin and Ireland proud of their national orchestra. I look forward to continuing relationships with guest artists and to developing new ones with an exciting generation of Irish and international composers and soloists as well as developing links with schools and the broader community.”
Jaime conducts the orchestra this Friday night at the National Concert Hall in Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto with Barry Douglas as soloist.