The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has announced that it has extended the tenures of its Chief Conductor Jaime Martín and its Principal Conductor in Residence Benjamin Northey.

Martín will also add the role of MSO Artistic Advisor to his duties.

“Since joining the MSO as Chief Conductor in 2022, Jaime has been an exceptional leader, collaborator, and colleague,” said MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise. “In just a few short years Jaime has won the hearts of Melburnians and Victorians with his charm and wit, and inspired musicians and audiences alike with his passion, dedication and immense talent.”

Jaime Martín and the MSO. Photo © Laura Manariti

In his first term as Chief Conductor for the MSO, Martín committed the Orchestra to an ongoing exploration of musical and cultural diversity with an increased focus on First Nations musicians, female composers and cross-genre collaborations. His new role as Artistic Advisor will further extend his influence on core programming and creative direction in partnership with the incoming Director of Programming, Andrew Moore.

Martín is excited about his expanded leadership role.

“Over the last few years I have had many moments of joy getting to know our incredible players and enthusiastic audiences, along with our dedicated subscribers and Patrons. I have also been able to work with some of Australia’s extraordinary musical talent, creators and performers”.

“It has been a privilege to share some of my favourite artists and composers with Australian audiences; I am excited to explore more beloved and adventurous repertoire in our existing and future programming”.

Martín will next take the baton for the MSO’s Ryman Healthcare Season Opening Gala, conducting Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and the World Premiere of Deborah Cheetham Fraillon’s Earth.

In May he will conduct a program of Debussy, Strauss and Ethel Smyth before returning in June to continue his Dvořák cycle, part of a multi-year recording project in partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra’s recording label, LSO Live. Martín will also lead the Orchestra in a special performance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in July.

Benjamin Northey Sits on a brown leather patchwork armchair in a suit.

Benjamin Northey. Photo supplied

Conductor Benjamin Northey will also take on a new role in the orchestra. Currently, MSO’s Principal Conductor in Residence, he adds the role of Artistic Advisor for Learning and Engagement to his calling card in what is his 21st year with MSO. Northey made his conductorial debut with the orchestra in 2003, was appointed Associate Conductor in 2010, and then became its resident conductor in 2020.

“I am eternally grateful to the organisation, the players, the composers, collaborators and audiences for making the past two decades such an inspirational and fulfilling creative journey,” Northey said. “Working with Jaime and the MSO team is an ongoing pleasure. The opportunity to work with the learning and engagement team to continue my advocacy for learning pathways for musicians and conductors, and to enhance audience experiences with the MSO is a welcome addition to my role.”

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