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

Martyn Brabbins

Conductor Music Director

Martyn Brabbins is Music Director of English National Opera. An inspirational force in British 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.

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

Career Highlights

Martyn is a popular figure at the BBC Proms and with most of the leading British orchestras, and regularly visits top international orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw, DSO Berlin and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony (all of whom he conducted last season).

Known for his advocacy of British composers, he has also 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. He was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (1994–2005), Principal Guest Conductor of the Antwerp Symphony (2009–15), Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic (2012–16), and Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music (2005–7).

He is currently Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music and Music Director to the Huddersfield Choral Society alongside his duties at ENO, and has for many years supported professional, student and amateur music-making at the highest level in the UK.

Last updated: 15th March 2018