RTÉ today announced the Spanish conductor Jaime Martín as the new Chief Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, with Martin taking the baton in September 2019.

Jaime Martín made a striking debut with the RTÉ NSO in October 2016 with a memorable performance of Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 - he has since returned three times to conduct a range of programmes. 

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His appointment, which is for three seasons, opens a new artistic chapter for the RTÉ NSO. It comes alongside another new development for acclaimed conductor Martín, who will also take up the role of Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2019/20.  He will also continue the role of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Sweden's Gävle Symphony Orchestra, which he has held since 2013.  

"Having worked with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra on several occasions," said Jaime Martín, "I am hugely impressed by the players’ flexibility and commitment to the music.  Even more exciting is their palpable joy of sharing what happens on the stage with the audience, producing amazing moments of energy and intensity... We will endeavour to make the music world aware of the quality of this special group of musicians and at the same time make our loyal audience in Dublin and Ireland proud of their national orchestra."

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Making today’s announcement, Anthony Long, General Manager, RTÉ NSO added: "It is with enormous pleasure that I welcome Jaime Martín’s appointment as Principal Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. In his international career and in his performances to date with the RTÉ NSO, Jaime has shown himself to be an immensely gifted conductor and a natural and charismatic communicator. He joins us at a time of great opportunity and we look forward to working closely with him."

Martin’s first concert as Principal Conductor will take place in October 2019 as part of the RTÉ NSO’s 2019-2020 Season, and will feature Mahler’s Third Symphony - find out more about the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra here