Martin Yates studied as a pianist, composer and conductor and made his professional debut with Israel National Opera, later conducting at the opera houses of Helsinki, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Oslo and Rome. He is best known for his recordings of British and French music and his work in ballet. He has conducted for companies including Paris Opera Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Norwegian National Ballet, National Ballet of Tokyo and Hong Kong Ballet, in repertory including Manon, The Sleeping Beauty, Onegin, The Nutcracker, The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, Petrushka, Pulcinella, Four Last Songs, The Four Sections and Don Quixote. He is a prolific conductor on the concert platform, conducting orchestras such as the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with which he has made more than thirty recordings. Yates’s orchestrations and completions include Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in E, Elgar’s Pageant of Empire, Moeran’s Symphony no.2, Arnell’s Symphony no.7, Ireland’s Sarnia and, in ballet, Hans van Manen’s Four Schumann Pieces and Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon.
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