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Martyn Brabbins


Martyn Brabbins
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Martyn Brabbins (born 13 August 1959) is a British conductor. He studied at Goldsmiths College, London University, and later was a conducting student of Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory.

Brabbins first came to international attention when he was awarded first prize at the Leeds Conductors Competition in 1988. Between 1994 and 2005, Brabbins was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He became principal conductor of Sinfonia 21 in 1994. He was artistic director of the Cheltenham Music Festival from 2005 to 2007. During his Cheltenham tenure, he established a new ensemble, the Festival Players. In Leeds, he created a new chamber music series called “Music in Transition”. On 17 July 2011, Brabbins conducted the 6th live performance of Havergal Brian’s Symphony No. 1 (‘The Gothic’) at The Proms, which was later released on a Hyperion commercial recording. Brabbins was subsequently named president of the Havergal Brian Society. Brabbins is Conductor Laureate of the world famous Huddersfield Choral Society; a relationship which he values deeply.

Outside of the UK, Brabbins became principal guest conductor of DeFilharmonie (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders) in 2009, and his current contract runs through 2013. In December 2011, Brabbins was announced as the next chief conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, as of 2013.

Brabbins also has supervised a training course for aspiring conductors at the St Magnus festival on Orkney since 2002. Brabbins has conducted commercial recordings of music for such labels as Warner, Chandos, Hyperion, NMC, and Deutsche Grammophon.

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