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Diego Martin-Etxebarria conductor Dirigent director zuzendaria © Michal Novak

Diego Martin-Etxebarria
orchestral & opera conductor

© 2019 by Diego Martin-Etxebarria

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New season, new challenges!

The 2023-2024 season brings new orchestras and operatic titles to Maestro Etxebarria's already extensive list, such as W. A. Mozart's "La clemenza di Tito", the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra or the Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia. 


Diego Martin-Etxebarria conductor Dirigent director zuzendaria © Michal Novak
Diego Martin-Etxebarria conductor Dirigent director zuzendaria © Michal Novak

Diego Martin-Etxebarria is one of the most outstanding Spanish conductors of his generation. His ambitious professional and artistic profile is defined by his multifaceted career that regularly combines opera, symphonic repertoire and ballet from the Baroque period to world premieres. Martin-Etxebarria first came to international attention when he was awarded First Prize, the Hideo Saito Award and the Asahi Award at the Tokyo Conducting Competition in 2015. He has been Principal Resident Conductor at the Chemnitz Opera House from 2020 to 2023 after serving as Principal Resident Conductor and Deputy Music Director of the Opera Houses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach from 2016 to 2020.


Maestro Etxebarria has been invited by international orchestras such as the Osaka Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Kansai Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Central Aichi Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Philharmonische Orchester Heidelberg or the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony. In his homeland he has conducted the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony, Bilbao Symphony, Euskadi Symphony, Galicia Symphony, Galicia Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, the City of Granada Orchestra, Málaga Philharmonic, Oviedo Philharmonia as well as the Vallès Symphony.


In the operatic field, he has conducted Paul-Heinz Dittrich's Die Verwandlung and Die Blinden at the Berliner Staatsoper; Puccini's La Bohème at the Theater Augsburg; Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Verdi's Aida, Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Janacek's Das schlaue Füchslein, Léhar's Die lustige WitweHumperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Zimmermann's Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin at the Theater Chemnitz; Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges at the Theater Heidelberg; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Menotti's The Consul, Verdi's Nabucco, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, Offenbach's Orphee aux Enfers, Kálmán's Die Faschingsfee and Dvorak's Rusalka, at the Opera Houses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach; Donizetti's Don Pasquale in Terrassa; Donizetti's Rita at the Volksbühne in Berlin; Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore in Teatre Principal de Palma, Vigo, Ourense and Pontevedra; Montsalvatge's Puss in boots at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Kleines Haus Dresden; Bizet's Carmen at the Santa Florentina Festival, Adés' Powder Her Face at the Arriaga Theater in Bilbao; Llorca's Tres sombreros de Copa at the Teatro La Zarzuela (Madrid) and Serra's Tempesta Esvaïda at the Fortuny Theatre in Reus.


He has recently recorded an album for SONY with music by Albert Guinovart conducting the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra as well as Udo Zimmermann's opera Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin for Deutschlandfunk. Previous recordings include the CD Intimitats with award-winning music by composer Marc Timón, the lyric comedy La Viola d'Or by Enric Morera (Enderrock Award for Best Classical Album Review 2016), the DVD Sinfokids 2 at the head of the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra and the short opera by Joaquim Serra Tempesta esvaïda conducting the Franz Schubert Filharmonia.


Martin-Etxebarria began his musical studies at the Conservatories of Amurrio and Vitoria and graduated in orchestra conducting at the University of Music of Catalonia. He was granted by the Humboldt Foundation and the DAAD-La Caixa for post-graduate studies in opera conducting at the Hochschulen in Weimar, Dresden and the Academia Chigiana in Siena with Gianluigi Gelmetti. Other conductors who have influenced his career include Riccardo Frizza, Donato Renzetti, Dima Slobodeniouk, Christopher Seaman, Jesús Lopez Cobos, Titus Engel and Lutz Köhler.

Updated March 2024
Der Schuhu CD Cover 2021 Diego Martin Etxebarria

"Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin"

Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, Diego Martin-Etxebarria

Label: Rondeau, DDD, 2021​


Mundo Clásico - 07.02.2022

"Maestro Diego Martin-Etxebarria dealt with all the musical and theatrical material with the ability and security of someone well seasoned and well trained in many pits. His work seemed to me meritorious and demanded a great concentration to have everything ordered and channeled."

O-Ton Kulturmagazin - 16.03.2020

"One quickly got used to the open sound in the empty auditorium, especially since Diego Martin Etxebarria with the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker developed an excellent sound volume, colorfulness and delicacy, with which the orchestra meticulously supported the psychogram on stage."

Ópera Actual - 18.11.2019

"Diego Martin-Etxebarria's splendid baton was able to transmit the sonorous essence of the score, conducting an ORCAM very much in keeping with the approach."

Das Opernmagazin - 25.09.2018

"Diego Martin-Etxebarria's musical direction renounced to traditional consecration and grandeur and celebrated a highly modern Mozart with elegance and fluent liveliness. The Niederrheinische Sinfoniker played with stylistic confidence - I would even say with outstanding virtuosity. We haven't heard such a convincing Mozart in a long time - to do so one has to drive far."

16 May 2025 - Auditorio Nacional (Madrid, Spain)
Orquesta Nacional de España

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

Ambroise Thomas: Overture to "Mignon"                                                                    
Miquel Marqués: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major
María Rodrigo: Becqueriana
Julio Gómez: Maese Pérez, el organista 

February 2025 - Teatro Campoamor (Oviedo, Spain)
Zarzuela Festival in Oviedo

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

A. Vives: "Doña Francisquita"

17 January 2025 - Sala María Cristina (Málaga, Spain)
Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

J. Haydn: Overture to "Armida" Hob. XXVIII: 12

J. Haydn: Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XXVIII

F. Liszt: Malédiction for piano and string orchestra

W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 38, Kv. 504, "Prague"

15, 17 & 19 October 2024 - Auditorio de Tenerife (Spain)
Ópera de Tenerife / Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

R. Strauss: "Ariadne auf Naxos"

24 September 2024 - Teatro Arriaga (Bilbao, Spain)
Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao / Sociedad Coral de Bilbao

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

J. C. Arriaga: Symphony in D

W. A. Mozart: Coronation Mass No. 15 in C major, K. 317

13 & 14 July 2024 - Concert Halls in Tarragona & Salou (Tarragona, Spain)
Jove Orquestra de la Diputació de Tarragona

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

S. Prokofiev: Suite from the ballet "Romeo and Juliet"

G. Holst: The planets

23 & 25 May 2024 - Teatro Campoamor (Oviedo, Spain)

XXXI Festival de Teatro Lírico Español de Oviedo / Oviedo Filarmonía
Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

J. Guerrero: "La rosa del azafrán"

19 May 2024 - Concert Hall of the "Jesús Guridi" Conservatory (Vitoria, Spain)
Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

A. Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major (chamber version by H. Eisler)

25 & 26 April 2024 - Concert Hall of the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona, Spain)
Opera Production by the Opera Studio of the Liceu Conservatory

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

W. A. Mozart: "La clemenza di Tito"

10 & 11 January 2024 - Auditorio Nacional (Madrid, Spain)
Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

L. van Beethoven: Allegretto from the Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

F. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 - Sergei Dogadin, violin

S. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 - Albert Guinovart, piano

25 November 2023 - Musikene (Donostia, Basque Country)
Musikene Orkestra Sinfonikoa

Samuel Arroyo, pianist
Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor
W.A. Mozart: Piano Concert in G n.17 K.453 | L. van Beethoven: Symphony C min n.5 Op.67

​23 October 2023 Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall (Yerevan, Armenia)
Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Hayk Melikyan, pian​ist 
Diego Martin-Etxebarria​, conductor

Manuel de Falla: “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” | Turina: ​"Danzas fantásticas​"

16 July 2023 Amposta (Spain)
​Young Orchestra of Diputació de Tarragona

Diego Martin-Etxebarria​, conductor

Piotr Illitx Txaikovski | Edward Grieg | Juli Garreta

17 July 2023 Salou (Spain)
​Young Orchestra of Diputació de Tarragona

Piotr Illitx Txaikovski | Edward Grieg | Juli Garreta

Diego Martin-Etxebarria​, conductor

​28 & 29 June 2023 Aula der Neuen Universität (Heidelberg, Germany)
Lena Neudauer, violine
Orchester Heidelberg
Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor
György Ligeti: »Concert Românesc« | Antonín Dvořák: Konzert für Violine und Orchester a-Moll op. 53 | Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Sinfonie Nr. 1 f-Moll op. 10

3 June 2023 Chemnitz Opera House (Germany)
S. Prokofiev: "Cinderella"
Ballet Chemnitz
Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor


12 Mai 2023 Theater Heidelberg (Germany)
S. Prokofiev "The love for three oranges"
Orchester Heidelberg
Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor


7 Mai 2023 Chemnitz Opera House (Germany)
L. Janacek "Das schlaue Füchslein"
Diego Martin Etxebarria, conductor

4 Mai 2023 Chemnitz Opera House (Germany)
S. Prokofiev: "Romeo and Julia"
Ballet Chemnitz
Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor


1 Mai 2023 Chemnitz Opera House (Germany)
S. Prokofiev: "Cinderella"

Ballet Chemnitz

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor

8 & 22 April 2023 Chemnitz Opera House (Germany)
S. Prokofiev: "Cinderella"

Ballet Chemnitz

Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor


30 March 2023 Auditorio de Galicia (Santiago de Compostela)

​Georges Bizet: Jeu d’enfants

Germaine Tailleferre: Ballet "Le marchand d’oiseaux"
Georges Bizet: Symphony «Roma»
Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Diego Martin-Etxebarria, conductor


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