After learning the violin and piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Martin André studied music at Cambridge University, and made his professional début conducting Aida for Welsh National Opera in 1982.
Martin André 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, including Un ballo in maschera (Royal Opera, London), the U.K. 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). During the past decade, 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 BBC TV. More recently he has been working closely with Garsington Opera, performing operas by Stravinsky, Martinů, Mozart and Humperdinck. From 1993-96, Martin was Music Director of English Touring Opera.