Martin André currently divides his time between conducting and his position as the Artistic Director of Teatro Nacional de Saõ Carlos, Lisbon. He studied music at Cambridge University and made his professional debut conducting Aida for Welsh National Opera.. In 1996 he was awarded the Arts Foundation Conducting Fellowship.
Martin André has the rare distinction of being one of the few conductors to have performed for all the major British opera companies, including Un Ballo in maschera at the Royal Opera House, the U.K. premiere of Matthus’ Cornet Christoph Rilke’s Song of Love and Death, and The Makropoulos Case for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, The Merry Widow, La Clemenza di Tito and The Cunning Little Vixen for Scottish Opera, Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges and the world premiere of John Buller’s Bakxai for English National Opera, Martinu’s Julietta, La vida breve, Rachmaninov’s Franchesca di Rimini, Il Tabarro and Madama Butterfly for Opera North, La Traviata, Aida and The Magic Flute for Opera Northern Ireland. In 2000 he conducted a live broadcast of The Marriage of Figaro for BBC TV.
International operatic appearances have included the North American premiere of Janácek’s From the House of the Dead for Vancouver Opera – to enormous critical acclaim. He has since returned to Vancouver for La bohème, The Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf Naxos and La Traviata. He made his debut in the United States with a production of Carmen for the Seattle Opera. Further overseas engagements have included L’amour des trois oranges for the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon, La Traviata, Julietta for Opera Zuid in Maastricht, Don Pasquale and L’amour des trois oranges for The New Israeli Opera, Cavelleria Rusticana and Pagliacci for Stuttgart Opera, Carmen, Verdi’s Macbeth and Madama Butterfly for the Cologne Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera New Zealand, The Makropoulos Case for Opera Zuid, Julietta in Prague, Cavelleria Rusticana and Pagliacci in Cape Town, and The Cunning Little Vixen in Porto.
Recent concert commitments have included the Philharmonia, Queensland Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Tromsø Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Bergen, Limburg Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, REMIX Orquestra in Porto, English Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The New Queen’s Hall Orchestra in Manchester, Northern Sinfonia and concerts at the Bournemouth and Edinburgh International Festivals, and for the Royal College of Music including Tippett’s 3rd Symphony, and Massenet’s Cendrillon for the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera school. He returned to the UK in June 2012 to conduct the Orchestra of Opera North at the Ryedale Festival.