Martin Yates has over two decades built a career with a broad range of repertoire and genre. He has conducted widely across Europe and has developed relationships with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, the Finnish Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet.
Martin Yates has worked as a guest conductor with some of the UK’s most respected orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Hallé.
Ballet has become a staple of Yates’ musical life and he has developed an important relationship with the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, where he made his debut in February 2004 conducting Stravinsky’s Agon. Subsequent productions at Covent Garden have included Manon, Romeo and Juliet, Mayerling, Seven Deadly Sins and Swan Lake, as well as tours of the US and Europe. In 2008/9 he toured Asia with the company in addition to conducting productions of L’Invitation au Voyage and revivals of Manon and Seven Deadly Sins in the main season. A regular conductor with both the Norwegian Ballet and the Finnish National Ballet, Yates returned to both last season with great success. November 2011 sees Yates returning to the Royal Ballet again to conduct MacMillan’s production of Manon.
Yates has recorded symphonic repertoire with orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and Royal Flanders Philharmonic. Current releases include a series of recordings of the music of Richard Arnell with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on the Dutton Records label – with whom he works on a regular basis – in addition to his extensive catalogue of musicals recordings. Yates is one of the very few conductors to have successfully made the transition from the world of musical theatre to classical music at an international level, having been Musical Director of some of the most important musicals in London’s West End.