After learning the violin and piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Martin André studied music at Cambridge University, and made his début conducting Aida for Welsh National Opera in 1982.
Martin André has a diverse operatic repertoire, particularly known for his Janáček, Verdi and Mozart. He has the only conductor to have performed for all the major British opera companies, including Un ballo in maschera (Royal Opera, London), the UK premiere of Matthus’ Cornet Christoph Rilke and The Makropulos Case (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Léhar, Mozart and Janáček (Scottish Opera), Prokofiev, Mozart, and the world premiere of John Buller’s Bakxai (English National Opera). He has enjoyed a close relationship with Opera North, conducting operas by Martinů, Falla, Rachmaninov, Puccini, Verdi, Gounod and Janáček. In 2000 he conducted a live broadcast of The Marriage of Figaro for the BBC. He has worked closely with Garsington Opera, performing operas by Stravinsky, Martinů, Mozart and Humperdinck. From 1993-96, Martin was Music Director of English Touring Opera.