Martín, who has Risen Quickly to Worldwide Attention as Conductor Following Prominent Career as Flautist, Begins Three-Year Contract with LACO 2019-20 Season

(Los Angeles, CA) – Jaime Martín, who has risen quickly to worldwide attention as a conductor following a prominent career as a flautist, is named Music Director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) beginning with the 2019-20 season, announces Board President Dana Newman.

The appointment, which launches the premier music ensemble into its second fifty years of intimate and transformative musical programmes, signifies an even deeper infusion of talent and leadership into Los Angeles’s already rich cultural landscape. Martín was selected as LACO's Music Director following an extensive international search by a committee comprised of LACO musicians, board, staff, community representatives and artistic advisors. 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.

Born in Santander, Spain, and a current resident of London, Martín will continue building LACO’s intersecting artistic profiles, both in Los Angeles, where its versatility serves accessible musical opportunities to the broader Los Angeles community, as well as nationally and internationally. As LACO's sixth Music Director, Martín succeeds Jeffrey Kahane - who stepped down as Music Director in June 2017 after a 20-year tenure and is now Conductor Laureate - and four other distinguished artists: Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Iona Brown and Christof Perick. Martín held principal flute positions in orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under Marriner, who strongly supported his move into conducting.

During his West Coast debut leading LACO and Joshua Bell to open the 2017-18 season last September, Martín electrified the Orchestra's musicians and audiences. One critic declared, "A standing ovation was deserved." He next appears with LACO in April 2019, when he conducts the Mozart Requiem and a West Coast premiere by Bryce Dessner, a LACO co-commission with Carnegie Hall and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

"The minute Jaime stepped onto LACO's podium last fall, he had a chemistry with the musicians and a charm with the audience that created an exhilarating atmosphere in the concert hall," says Board President Newman. "With a deep knowledge of repertoire across centuries and a taste for all the ways the Orchestra and its 40 virtuoso musicians can connect with audiences and serve a community, he is the perfect fit in every way."

Vice President and President Elect Leslie Lassiter notes, "Beyond the stage, Jaime has an adventurous spirit that aligns with Los Angeles' ethos for ambitious and wide-ranging art, and a humanistic desire to further open up the Orchestra to audiences representing the diversity of the city's population. We believe he epitomizes our motto, 'making great music personal,' in a way that is in LACO's best traditions."

According to Martín, "I am honoured and excited to have been named Music Director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. From the moment I stepped in front of this group of outstanding musicians, I could feel that their exceptional musical commitment and flexibility offered great possibility. Los Angeles is unique in its energy and its diversity, and as I get to know both the city and the Orchestra over the coming seasons I am confident we will find new collaborations and innovative outreach opportunities as we continue to aim for the highest possible artistic level. There are many great artists I'd like to introduce as well as many long-term relationships I hope to nurture and develop, and I'm very eager to start planning my first season. I look forward to following in the incredible footsteps of Sir Neville and Jeffrey Kahane and hope we can build upon their work to bring LACO even further recognition."

Adds LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison, “Deeply familiar with the transformative music making that happens at a finely-tuned chamber orchestra, Jaime has a gift for unlocking radiance and emotion in a broad range of repertoire. His style and experience affords him an acute sense of balance, color and pacing that leads to captivating performances. That kind of intimacy and precision is our hallmark."

"I'm really thrilled about the future of the Orchestra with Jaime as Music Director," says LACO Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday. "His deep orchestral experience gives him the credibility to lead us and the understanding to show us what we need to see from a conductor. He keeps it all fresh."


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