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Martyn Brabbins

Martyn Brabbins

Martyn Brabbins is an award winning British conductor who has worked across Europe and Asia and recorded with numerous record labels.



Martyn Brabbins is a British conductor who was born on the 13th of August 1959. He studied at Goldsmiths College, London University and later went on to become a conducting student of Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory.

Martyn Brabbins first gained international attention when he won first prize at the Leeds Conductors Competition in 1988 and from 1994 to 2005, began his career as associate principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 1994 he also became principal conductor of Synfonia 21. Between 2005 and 2007, he worked as artistic director of the Cheltenham Music Festival during which time he established a new ensemble, the Festival Players. In Leeds he created a new chamber music series called 'Music in Transition'.

On the 17th of July 2011, Martyn Brabbins conducted the sixth live performance of Havergal Brian's Symphony No.1, 'The Gothic' at The Proms which was later released on Hyperion Digital Recording. Following this, he was named as president of the Havergal Brian society.

Outside of the UK, Martyn Brabbins is principal guest conductor to De Filharmonie (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders) on a contract which runs from 2009 to 2013. Subsequent to this, he will take up a new position as chief conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra later in 2013.   

As well as maintaining a career as a well known and successful conductor, Martyn Brabbins has also run a supervised training course for aspiring conductors at St Magnus Festival of Orkney since 2002.

He has conducted commercial recordings for a number of labels including Warner, Chandos, Hyperion, NMC and Deutsche Grammophon.