Full biography

From its beginnings to the present

Born in Granada as musicians’ son, he conducted his first concert at age of seven in front of the Municipal Orchestra in Granada. He studies in Granada, Madrid, USA and Orchestra conducting in Vienna. He was Hans Swarowsky’s preferred student. He got his piano Diploma at age of 13, Piano – Virtuousism and Composition Diplomas at age of 17 with Extraordinary Price of the Royal Conservatory in Madrid and Orchestra Conducting Diploma at age of 21, with the Extraordinary Price of the Austrian Ministry of Science and Investigation. He was the youngest graduated in the History of the University for Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna.

He got the Manuel de Falla Scholarship 1963 and the Juan March Foundation Scholarship 1967.

Miguel A. Gómez-Martínez has being invited by the most important Opera theatres in the world, such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Opera theatres of Vienna, Munich, Hamburg, Covent Garden London, Grand Theatre de Geneva, Opera Zürich, Opera de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago, Teatro Comunale Florence, Teatro La Fenice Venice, Opera di Roma, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Scala Milano, Treatro Colón Buenos Aires, Royal Theatre Madrid, Gran Teatro Liceo Barcelona, Wielki Theatre Warsaw, Budapest Opera, Stockholm Opera, Copenhague Opera… He has also conducted by the Festivals of Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Macerata, Granada, Santander, San Sebastián, Perelada, Savonlinna, Helsinki, Salzburg, Enescu Festival Bucarest, Easter Festival Bayreuth, Beethoven Festival Warsaw and many others.

His many concerts, as much in Europe as in USA and Far East took him to conduct orchestras such as Gewandhaus Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio Munich, Symphony Orchestras of Radio Cologne, Radio Berlin, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, Mannheim Orchestra, I Cameristi della Scala, Orchestra Philharmonia London, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic London, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Symphony Orchestra Berne, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio Hilversum Holland, Radio Symphony Orchestra and Royal Orchestra Copenhague, Oslo Philharmonic, Budapest Philharmonic, Easter Festival Great Orchestra Bayreuth, National Orchestra Spain, Symphony Orchestra Madrid, Radio Television Symphony Orchestra Spain, Orquesta de Valencia, Basque National Orchestra San Sebastian, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, City of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Symphony Orchestra Seville...

Career as a director

Predecessor: Odón Alonso y Enrique García Asensio

Musical Director, Orquesta de Spanish Radio Televisión Symphony Orchestra

1984 - 1987

Successor: Arpad Joo

Artístic Director, Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid

1985 - 1991

Successor: Antoni Ros Marbá

Predecessor: Matthias Kuntzsch

Artistic and Musical Director, Basque National Symphony Orchestra

1989 - 1993

Successor: Hans Graf

Predecessor: Friedeman Layer

General Music Director City of Mannheim

1990 - 1993

Successor: Jun Märkl

Predecessor: Ulf Soedersstrøm

Artistic and Musical Director New Finnish National Opera Helsinki

1993 - 1996

Successor: Okko Kamu

Predecessor: Carlos Kalmar

Chief Conductor of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra

1992 – 2000

Honour Conductor live time

Successor: Yoav Talmi

Predecessor: Manuel Galduf

Chief Conductor of the Orquesta de Valencia

1997 – 2005

Successor: Yaron Traub

General Music Director of Berne Opera Theatre

2000 - 2004

Successor: Srboljub Dinic

Predecessor: Edgar Seipenbusch

Musical Director of Easter Festival Orchestra Bayreuth

2004 - 2012

Predecessor: Carlos Kalmar

Chief Conductor of Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra Madrid

2016 - Present

After three years as resident conductor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (1974 – 1977) and six years as resident conductor at the Vienna State Opera (1977 – 1983), artistic responsabilities, that he developed at the same time as his performances as guest conductors in all other nominated Opera and Concert houses, from 1984 to 1987 was Miguel A. Gómez-Martínez Chief Conductor of the Radio Television Symphony Orchestra Spain (RTVE) and from 1985 to 1991 Artistic Director of Teatro Lírico La Zarzuela in Madrid. From 1989 to 1993 Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Basque National Orchestra San Sebastián and from New Finnish National Opera Helsinki from 1993 to 1996. During three years he was General Music Director of the City of Mannheim (Germany). From 1992 to 2000 he was the Chief Conductor of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and then he was elected Honour Conductor to live time. From 1997 to 2005 is Chief Conductor of the Orquesta de Valencia. Resident in Switzerland, he is during four years General Music Director of The Opera Theatre Berne (From 2000 to 2004) Now he is the Chief Conductor of the Easter Festival of Bayreuth Orchestra. Actually he is the Chief Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Spanish Radio and Television.

He has conducted the must famous singers of the world, such as Monserrat Caballe, Mirella Freni, Birgitt Nilsson, Margaret Price, Leoni Rysaneck, Ileana Cotrubas, Mariana Nicolescu, Tatiana Troyanos, Grace Bumbry, Daniela Desi, Katia Ricciarelli, Victoria de los Angeles, Pilar Lorengar, Gundula Janowitz, Karita Mattila, Agnes Baltsa, Teresa Berganza, Gwyneth Jones, Jane Henschel, Elina Garanca, Soile Isokoski, Cheryl Studer, Editha Gruberova, Raina Kabaivanska, Violeta Urmana, Luciana D’Intino, Bianca Berini, Christa Ludwig, Eva Marton, Lucia Popp, Ainoha Arteta, Nathalie Stutzmann , Julia Varady, Maria Bayo, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, Vladimir Chernov, Jaime Aragall, Lugi Alba, Carlo Cossutta, Giuseppe Giaccomini, Franco Tagliavini, Rene Kollo, Hans Beirer, Jonas Kauffmann, Wolfgang Seiffert, Ramón Vargas, Piero Cappuccilli, Renato Bruson, Sherril Milnes, Giuseppe Tadei, Sisto Bruscantini, Thomas Hampson, Carlos Alvarez, Fabio Armigliato, Ingvar Wixell, Josef Greindl, Franz Grundheber, Peter Glossop, Yuri Massurok, Vladimir Atlantov, Boris Christoph, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Cesare Siepi, Leo Nucci, Giorgio Zancanaro, Franco Bonisolli, Matti Talvela, Matti Salminen, Samuel Ramey, Nicolai Gedda, Paolo Montarsolo, José van Dam, María Chiara, Mariella Devia and many others.

He also conducted great instrumental soloists, such as: Mstislav Rostropovich, Boris Pergamenchikov, Michel Beroff, Arto Noras, Pinchas Zuckerman, Anne Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Maurice André, Alicia de la Rocha, Hakan Hagegaard, Joshua Bell, Mischa Maisky, Eliso Virsaladze, Ralf Gothóni, Joaquín Achúcarro, Rudolf Buchbinder, Christian Zacharias, Pascal Roger, Horacio Gutierrez, Aldo Ciccolini, Gil Shaham, Uto Ughi, Julian Rachlin, Silvia Marcovici, Wolfgang Tetzlaff, Arturo Meneses, Narciso Yepes, Pepe Romero, Bella Davidovitch, Garrick Ohlsson, Leonel Morales, Steven Isserlis, Cristina Ortiz, Lucero Tena, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Arabella Steinbacher, Truls Mørk, Erkki Rautio, Lazar Berman, Maxim Vengerov, Augustin Dumay, Lola Bobesko, Karl Leister, Gérard Caussé, Katia y Marielle Labèque, Martin Haselböck, Yefim Bromfman, Wibi Soerjadi, Nikita Magaloff, Nelson Freire, Julian Lloyd Webber, and many others.

He has got many prices for his recordings with Decca Records, Orfeo, RCA, Bongiovanni, Teldec, Sony, Dabringhaus & Grimm, Naxos, Hispavox, Ondine.

Beside his activities as Conductor, Maestro Gómez-Martínez has a brilliant activity as composer, and got very important successes with his 'Sinfonía del Descubrimiento' (Symphony of the Discovery) first performed in Mannheim 1992, with 'Cinco canciones sobre poemas de Alonso Gamo' (Five Songs on Poems by Alonso Gamo) for soprano and orchestra firste performed in Hamburg 1996, the 'Sinfonía del Agua' (Water Symphony) first performed in Granada 2007, 'Amaneciendo' (Passacaglia) first performed in Madrid 2010, as well as Cinco Homenajes en cuatro movimientos (Five homages in four movements) (Sinfonía número 3) (Symphony Nr. 3) and several Works for Chamber Music for different instrumental groups. Now in work are an Ópera and a new Lieder- cycle for bariton and orchestra, dedicated to his wife and named 'Cartas de un enamorado' (Letters from a lover). He is actually working at an Opera in three acts named 'Atallah', a 'Spanish Requiem' and a 'Concerto for piano and orchestra'.

In 2014 the Maestro founded the non-profit organization that channeled their artistic and sociocultural for Music and Performing Arts shares, Gómez-Martínez International Foundation FIGM (GMIF - Gómez-Martínez International Foundation) entity that also preserve and expose the public a museum and archive of musical documentation and developed numerous educational, cultural and high music specialization programs.

Maestro Gómez-Martínez has a prodigious memory, which permits him to conduct without score, and a perfect conducting technique; he is also one of the conductors, who defend the original score with absolute fidelity, being as faithful as possible to the composers’ intentions.

Between his numerous international distinctions stand out the Gold Medal of the City of Granada 'on account of his extraordinary artistic merits' and the Medal of Civil Merit given by the King Juan Carlos I from Spain (1996). He posseses also Gold Medals and other distinctions from many other cities in the world, between them the cities of Savonlinna, Hamburg, Morges, Valencia, Madrid, Bern, Málaga, Munich, San Sebastián, Tokyo, Tbilisi, Cambridge and State of Bavaria.

2013 is created the Foundation Gómez- Martínez for Music. An international Foundation , which developes a wide Programm for help, support and acknowledgment in the ambit of classical music, orchestra conducting and composition, as well as in the general ambit of the scenic arts.