Recently appointed Principal Resident Conductor of the Chemnitz Opera House he has been Principal Resident Conductor and Deputy Music Director of the Opera Houses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach since 2016. Diego 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. Highlights of the season 2019/20 include the season opening concert at the Chemnitz Opera House as well as Mozart's opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach, Dvorak's Rusalka, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Offenbach's Orphee aux Enfers. In addition Martin-Etxebarria will make his debut with the Spanish National Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and also at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid conducting Tres sombreros de Copa by Ricardo Llorca.
Music Director of the Euskadiko Ikasleen Orkestra in 2007 and 2008 and the Akademisches Orchester Freiburg between 2010 and 2012, he has been invited by orchestras such as the Osaka Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic Kansai Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony, the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony, Bilbao Symphony, Euskadi Symphony, Galicia Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, the City of Granada Orchestra, Málaga Philharmonic, Oviedo Philharmonia, Vallés Symphony, among others.
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, Donizetti's Don Pasquale in Terrassa; Donizetti's Rita at the Volksbühne in Berlin; Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore in 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; Serra's Tempesta Esvaïda at the Fortuny Theatre in Reus; Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Menotti's The Consul, Verdi's Nabucco, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Kálmán's Die Faschingsfee at the Opera Houses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach.
He has recorded 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" at the head of the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra and the short opera by Joaquim Serra Tempesta esvaïda conducting the Camera Musicae Orchestra. Next season he will record music by renowned catalan composer Albert Guinovart with the Barcelona Symphony
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 (ESMuC). 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.