Malmö Symphony Orchestra Names New Chief Conductor

By Francisco Salazar

British conductor Martyn Brabbins has been named the chief conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

He will begin his tenure in the 2025-26 season.

In a statement, Brabbins said, “It is a great honor to be asked to be the next Chief Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. My experiences with the orchestra in recent years have been inspiring and musically fulfilling.  There is a dedication across the whole organization to achieving the highest musical results, and their wonderful home, Malmö Live, is a concert hall of the finest quality.  I look forward with enormous excitement to making music again with the musicians, and together building on the 100-year tradition of the orchestra, as we forge stronger links with the City of Malmö. I believe that music is fundamental to life and to culture, and as such, becomes more important with each passing day.”

Brabbins comes from a position as Music Director of the English National Opera and has conducted such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, and BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted at the Teatro alla Scala and the Bayerische Staatsoper.

In a statement, Erik Mikael Karlsson, CEO and Artistic Director of Malmö Live Konserthus said, “I am truly delighted to be able to appoint Martyn Brabbins as the new Chief Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra for three seasons. Martyn is a hugely experienced conductor with an international reputation and has been a leading figure in British musical life for decades. He has a clear artistic profile, a modern and inclusive leadership that fits like a glove with the concert hall I want to create – a dynamic, international concert hall with strong local roots that embraces musical breadth, teamwork and artistic quality at the highest level.”