Martyn Brabbins

Musical direction in Wozzeck

Biography

Education
Composition (London) and conducting (Sint-Petersburg)

Career
Associated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Head of the Huddersfield Choral Society, 1994 – now
Artistic director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music, 2005 – 2007
First guest conductor of  deFilharmonie, 2009 – now
Specialised in contemporary music

Highlights
The Second Mrs Kong(Harrison Birtwistle), semi-staged with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, 2004

Prizes
First prize Leeds Conductors' Competition, 1988

Recordings
Recordings of romantic concert music (Hyperion), works of Bedford and Finnissy (NMC), Rachmaninov and Skrjabin (Collins Classics) and Britten (Naxos).

Worked with
Bayerischer Rundfunk, Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the symphonic orchestra’s of St Petersburg, the Orchestra of NDR Hamburg, London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble InterContemporain, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Recent and future productions
Wozzeck(staging: Guy Joosten) (Vlaamse Opera); Rumor (Vlaamse Opera)
Chief conductor Nagoya Philharmonic (Japan), 2013

Last update on 10 February 2012

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Bluebeard’s Castle/Winterreise is a unique combination of two great classical works, whose central theme is human loneliness. In Bartók’s only opera, the curiosity of the recently married young Judith leads her to discover Duke Bluebeard’s terrible secret....
Composer: Béla Bartók, Franz Schubert
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Director: Kornél Mundruczó

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