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The conductor Karl Martin was born in Zurich and studied at the Geneva Conservatoire, in Paris and with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Musikhochschule. His repertoire ranges from the contemporary to Handel, Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy and Ravel, from the eighteenth century to the Second Viennese School. He has presented Brahms and Rachmaninov on tour with the Tokyo NHK Symphony Orchestra, the music of Hindemith at the Paul Hindemith Festival of São Paulo, and more varied programmes with major Swiss, Italian, German and Scandinavian orchestras.

From 1980 to 1997 he was principal conductor of the orchestra of the Palermo Teatro Massimo, where, in addition to traditional operatic and symphonic repertoire, he directed lesser known masterpieces, among them Honegger’s Antigone, Szymanowski’s Król Roger, Křenek’s Jonny spielt auf, Zemlinsky’s Der Traumgörge (Premio Abbiati 1995) and, in 2004 Delibes’s Lakmé. From 1996 to 1999 he was principal conductor of the Bolzano Haydn Orchestra, and from 2006 musical director and principal conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Campinas, São Paulo. He teaches at Showa University in Tokyo.

Role: Conductor 
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