Martin West (© David Allen)
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.
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