Winner of the 1st Prize, the Hideo Saito Award and the Asahi Award at the 17th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, Diego Martin-Etxebarria has been appointed 1st Kapellmeister at the Theater Chemnitz from April 2020.
Prior to this he was Kapellmeister since the 2016/17 season and 1st Kapellmeister and deputy GMD since the 2017/18 season at the Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach where he conducted the premieres of Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Kálmán's "The Carnival Fairy", Verdi's "Nabucco", Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" and Dvorák's "Rusalka", among others.
Further opera productions he has conducted include Dittrich's "Die Blinden/ Die Verwandlung" (Berlin State Opera), Mozart's "The Magic Flute" (Kleines Haus Dresden), Donizetti's "Rita" (Volksbühne Berlin), Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore" (Vigo, Ourense and Pontevedra), Bizet's "Carmen" (Santa Florentina Festival), Puccini's "La Bohème" (Theater Augsburg), Montsalvatges "El gato con botas" (Teatro Real, Madrid), Adés' "Powder her face" (Arriaga Theatre, Bilbao), Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" (Auditorium Terrassa, Barcelona), Serra's "Tempesta Esvaïda" (Teatre Fortuny Reus) as well as Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel", Menotti's "The Consul", Mascagni's "Cavalleria rusticana" and Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" (Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach).
Since his success at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, he has regularly appeared in Japan with orchestras such as the Kansai Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony. In his native country Spain, engagements include the Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Sinfónica de Bilbao, Sinfónica de Euskadi, Sinfónica de Galicia, Sinfónica de Barcelona, Sinfónica de Tenerife, Sinfónica del Vallés, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, and the Filarmónica de Málaga.
Diego Martin-Etxebarria was music director of the Freiburg Academic Orchestra (2010-2012) and the Euskadiko Ikasleen Orchestra (Basque Country, 2007-2008), and artistic director of the Art Ensemble Barcelona (2004-2007). His recordings include Joaquim Serras' opera "Tempesta esvaïda" and Enric Morera's Zarzuela "La viola d'or". The latter was named "Best Classical Album" at the Enderrock Awards 2016.
Diego Martin-Etxebarria graduated from the Conservatory of Catalonia in Barcelona. At the same time he regularly attended the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (Italy) under Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti, as well as master classes of David Zinman, Riccardo Frizza, Donato Renzetti, Dima Slobodeniouk, Lutz Köhler, Riccardo Frizza and Jesús López Cobos. He was granted a scholarship by the Humboldt Foundation and the DAAD-La Caixa for postgraduate studies in opera conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar and at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden. Parallel to his studies, Diego Martin-Etxebarria served as Assistant Conductor at opera houses such as the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Bilbao Opera House, the Stadttheater Bern, the Semperoper Dresden and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.