After learning the violin and piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Martin André studied music at Cambridge University, and made his professional debut conducting Aida for WNO in 1982. Recently he celebrated 30 years of conducting operas and concerts around the world. Martin has a very wide operatic repertoire, but is particularly known for his Janáček, Verdi and Mozart. He has the rare distinction of being the only conductor to have performed for all the major British opera companies. From 2010 until 2013, he was Artistic Director of Teatro Nacional de Saõ Carlos, Lisbon. Martin recently made his debuts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers, and the BSO. The 15/16 season opened with Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz for Danish Opera.