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Martin André

Martin André

Martin André

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Martin André went to the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied the piano. At Cambridge University he combined playing the piano with conducting.  Now as a conductor he divides his time equally between the opera house and the concert platform. 

Concert appearances in the UK have included the Philharmonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, City of London Chamber Orchestra, New Queen's Hall Orchestra, as well as concerts at the Bournemouth and Edinburgh International Festivals and several broadcasts on BBC Radio.

Abroad he has worked regularly with the Limburgs Symphonie Orkest in Holland, Orquestra Nacional do Porto and Remix Contemporary Ensemble in Portugal, and in Norway with Collegium Musicum, Tromsø Symfoniorkester and Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester. Visits to Australia took him to the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, and also the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with whom he released his first recording.  He has also worked with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, including the finals of the Bernstein International Singing Competition, and the Peking Symphony Orchestra in Macau. On several occasions he has visited Tirana, Albania, on an initiative with the British Council.

He made his opera debut conducting for Welsh National Opera, with whom he spent many seasons as a resident conductor. During this time he worked on a wide variety of operas, particularly 19th century Italian repertoire. He continues to work across a broad range of composers, although is particularly recognised for his interpretations of Verdi, Mozart and Janáček.

He has the rare distinction of being the only conductor to have performed for all the major British opera companies. Since leaving Welsh National Opera, he has made guest appearances at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Opera 80 and Opera Northern Ireland.  From 1993 to 1996 he was Music Director of English Touring Opera.  He was also Music Director for the Opera North/RSC production of Showboat at the London Palladium. In 2000 he conducted a live televised version of The Marriage of Figaro for BBC TV, shot on Location in Oxfordshire.

Internationally he has made numerous appearances in the opera houses of Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa and the USA.

In the last few years he has made his Italian debut in Italy at the Ravenna Festival with Martinů's opera Julietta, conducted Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf with Sullivan's operetta The Gondoliers, and Offenbach's Opera Blaubart at the Bregenz and St Pölten Festivals (Austria).

He created the Independent Youth Orchestra of Portugal: this proved to be such a success that the Orchestra was renamed Momentum Perpetuum by the players themselves, and has gone on to perform a huge variety of repertoire under Martin's direction, in many cities throughout Portugal, and also on tour in Italy.

This year (2009) he celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Martinů's death with a production of Mirandolina, and continued his cycle of all the Janáček operas with a production of The Excursions of Mr. Brouček for Opera North and Scottish Opera. He co-wrote the new English translation for this production.

He will celebrate his 10th visit to Collegium Musicum Bergen in November, with a special performance of the Mass in B minor by Bach.

In 2010 he will continue his fruitful collaboration with the Royal College of Music in London, with 2 visits (March and April), and return to Central City Opera (Colorado USA) to conduct Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld. In Portugal, Momentum Perpetuum will again present a concert in Casa da Música (Porto) on New Year's Day, and later in the year Martin will return to lead the Orquestra Nacional do Porto in 2 adventurous programmes.


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