MSO’s new Chief Conductor wants to make music for all

Having been exposed to the power of music as a child, Jaime Martín is determined to share that gift with others.
Man dressed in black on a black background holding a baton.

The opportunity to formally introduce Spanish conductor Jaime Martín as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) Chief Conductor Designate earlier this month – including two concerts and an open rehearsal – were disrupted by Victoria’s ongoing COVID restrictions.

‘I came out of my [14 days] quarantine to find a city in lockdown. But thanks to the wonders of technology, I really had the most fantastic time working with the team of the orchestra,’ Martín said.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts