Jaime Martín named Music Director
Appointment of conductor Jaime Martín signals deeper infusion of talent and leadership into Los Angeles’ rich cultural landscape.
LACO introduced Los Angeles to new music director Jaime Martín with a series of meet and greets at multiple venues: Zipper Hall in downtown, Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica and The Huntington in Pasadena.
The #sayhitojaime events provided a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the incoming Music Director’s vision and personal story.
— Violinist.com (@violinist) March 3, 2018
Sir Neville Marriner on Jaime Martín
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.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is pleased to announce Jaime Martín as the Orchestra’s sixth music director. He takes the podium in the 2019-20 season as music director and serves as music director designate through the 2018-19 season.
As LACO’s sixth music director, Jaime — currently artistic director and principal conductor of Sweden’s Gävle Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of Spain’s Orquestra de Cadaqués — succeeds Jeffrey Kahane, who stepped down as music director in June 2017 after a 20-year tenure and is now conductor laureate. “Los Angeles is unique in its energy, not least because of an enormous range of creative industries, and I feel it offers a huge artistic scope,” said Jaime. “I’m eager to start planning my first season and look forward to following in the incredible footsteps of Sir Neville Marriner and Jeffrey Kahane to build upon their work and bring LACO even further recognition.”
As music director designate in the 2018–19 season, Jaime will appear in 2019 to conduct the West Coast premiere of work by Bryce Dessner, a LACO co-commission with Carnegie Hall and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. As music director beginning in 2019–20, he will conduct the Orchestra for several performances each year and guide the artistic direction of the Orchestra across its many platforms.
Jaime was selected as LACO’s music director following an extensive international search. Born in Santander, Spain and currently residing in London, he intends to continue building LACO’s artistic profile in Los Angeles and internationally.
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.
music director designate
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.