Martin West, conductor
Martin West is acknowledged as one of the foremost conductors of
ballet, garnering critical acclaim throughout the world. Born in
Bolton, England, he studied math at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge
University, before studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music
and at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
In fall 1997, West
made his debut with English National Ballet and was immediately
appointed resident conductor. There, he conducted almost half of the
company’s performances throughout England and abroad. In 2004, he was
appointed principal conductor, a title he continues to hold along with
his current appointment at San Francisco Ballet.
From 1998 to
July 2005, West was the music director of the Cambridge Philharmonic,
one of England’s oldest and highest achieving amateur music societies.
In recent seasons he has worked with the Hallé Orchestra, the London
Concert Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, and the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, West has a long association with
Pimlico Opera, having worked on many tours with them, including
conducting “West Side Story” inside a prison, with the inmates as part
of the cast.
In fall 2005, West joined San Francisco Ballet as music director and principal conductor.