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Martyn Brabbins, ENO Music Director. Photo Credit: Benjamin Ealovega

Martyn Brabbins

Music Director

British conductor Martyn Brabbins studied composition in London and then conducting with Ilya Musin in Leningrad.

Previously for ENO: MarniePilgrim’s Progress; Child of our TimeFrom Morning to MidnightThe Magic Flute.


Career Highlights

Martyn is currently Music Director at English National Opera, Music Director of the Huddersfield Choral Society, and Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music.

He has had a busy opera career since his early days at the Kirov and more recently at La Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and regularly in Lyon, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Antwerp.  He is a popular figure at the BBC Proms and with many of the UK’s top orchestras, and regularly conducts top international orchestras, returning to the Royal Concertgebouw, Tokyo Metropolitan and Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin this season.  Known for his advocacy of British composers, he has conducted hundreds of world premieres across the globe. He has recorded over 120 CDs to date, including prize-winning discs of operas by Korngold, Birtwistle and Harvey.

Notable engagements elsewhere: He was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1994-2005, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic 2009-2015, Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2012-2016, and Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music 2005-2007.

Awards: first prize at the 1988 Leeds Conductors’ Competition.

Last updated: 23rd November 2017