Sir Neville Marriner, a giant of classical music and LACO’s founding music director, shared a 20+ year working relationship with Jaime Martín.
“He has a very good, strong attitude to the orchestra and to the public. Musically, I am sure, he will be a great success.” – Sir Neville Marriner on Jaime Martín in 2008
This video excerpt from a 2008 documentary celebrating Orquestra de Cadaqués 20th anniversary is a heartfelt tribute from one great musician to another. Many thanks to Orquestra de Cadaqués and CEO Albert Sampablo Lauro for permission to share this unique and touching footage.
Critics have lauded Jaime’s work, including London’s The Telegraph, stating that “[his] performance took on heady swagger, and his infectious enjoyment of the music communicated to the orchestra and audience alike.” Gramophone declared, “He draws some highly personable, beautifully blended and exquisitely turned playing.” Opus Magasin praised his “great sensibility for this exceedingly beautiful music” and Platea Magazine called him “a visionary conductor, discerning and meticulous.”
He continues his roles as artistic director and principal conductor of Sweden’s Gävle Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor of Spain’s Orquestra de Cadaqués and artistic director of the Santander International Festival.
Jaime, who has risen quickly to worldwide renown as a conductor following a prominent career as a flutist, held principal flutist positions in orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under Marriner, who championed his move into conducting.
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Jaime Martín, appointed Music Director Designate of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2018, has been praised as “a visionary conductor, discerning and meticulous” (Platea Magazine). He takes the podium as Music Director in LACO’s 2019-20 season.
Following a prominent career on flute, Jaime turned to conducting and has since emerged not only as a talented technical conductor but also one with stylistic authenticity known for making deep connections to the musicians under his direction. He has worked with an impressive list of orchestras that includes the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
In addition being LACO Music Director, Jaime continues in his role (since 2013) as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Gävle Symphony Orchestra, and as Chief Conductor of Orquestra de Cadaqués and Artistic Director of the Santander International Festival.
Jaime’s recordings include the Brahms Serenades with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra for Ondine as well as Songs of Destiny, a recording of Brahms choral works with the Gävle Symphony and Eric Ericson choir. He has also recorded Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, Montsalvatge’s Petita Suite Burlesca, Halffter’s Sinfonietta and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” with Orquestra de Cadaqués and various discs with Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya for Tritó. In 2015 he recorded James Horner’s last symphonic work; “Collages” for four horns and orchestra.
Solo recordings include Mozart concertos with Sir Neville Marriner, a premiere recording of the Sinfonietta Concerto for Flute and Orchestra written for him by Xavier Montsalvatge and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, Bach works for flute, violin, and piano with Murray Perahia and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for Sony, and Mozart flute quartet for EMI.
Born in Santander, Spain, Jaime studied with Antonio Arias in Madrid and later with Paul Verhey in The Hague, Holland. A very musical family, Jaime resides in London with his wife, Rachel Gough, principal bassoon of the London Symphony Orchestra, and their two sons, Oliver and Daniel. Jaime played alongside his mother-in-law, Celia Nicklin, when she was principal oboe of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and he was principal flute.
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Tonight the @dodgers make their first World Series appearance since 1988 and everyone in Los Angeles is losing their mind. No one has proven immune to this euphoria, including LACO Principal horn player, Michael Thornton. Please share his arrangement of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and have a great World Series!
There is no doubt the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first World Series appearance since 1988 has changed the regular tempo of city life. Its effect has even been felt in the world of chamber music!
Here is a play-by-play of the well documented World Series rivalry between the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra as it has played out over the course of the 2017 World Series.
LACO, excited about the first game of the Dodgers/Astros World Series, posted a video of principal horn Michael Thornton playing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” on Twitter and Facebook.
Executive director Scott Harrison suggested the Orchestra challenge the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Houston’s local chamber orchestra, to respond.
ROCO accepted the challenge by posting a video featuring principal percussionist Matthew McClung performing the same tune on the marimba.
— ROCOHouston (@ROCOHouston) October 25, 2017
Then ROCO got their brass involved and delivered this stirring rendition. LACO wasn’t worried though; at this point the Dodgers were still up in the series and the Michael Thornton video had well over 30k views.
— ROCOHouston (@ROCOHouston) October 25, 2017
Rather than rest on their laurels, the LACO office staff executed their own rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” which garnered over two thousand views on Facebook.
— LA Chamber Orchestra (@LACOtweets) October 28, 2017
In celebration of last night’s @astros victory (and our impending #WorldSeriesChallenge #ROCOvLACO victory over @LACOtweets), we’d like to share this glorious new rendition of “Go Go Astros”, starring ROCO clarinetist Maiko Sasaki. This is what #winning sounds like… pic.twitter.com/Ijdssz6PMV
— ROCOHouston (@ROCOHouston) October 28, 2017