Martin Yates is a British conductor who graduated from Trinity College of Music, now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 1979. He debuted in 1983 with the Israel National Opera in Carmen. Martin appeared with them as guest conductor for two seasons, where he conducted Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème and La Traviata. He made his Edinburgh Festival debut in 1988 with Leonard Bernstein's On The Town, and thereafter conducted several major London musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre), Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Carousel (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi Theatre).
In 1995 he crossed back to mainstream classical music and has since appeared at several major opera houses including Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Rome and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He conducts many major international symphony orchestras, including Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony and also conducts most of the major orchestras of the UK including Royal Scottish National Orchestra , Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He also regularly conducts the Royal Ballet, both at Covent Garden and on their international tours. He was chosen to conduct three consequtive Nobel Peace Prize Concerts and has conducted the last night of the Proms in the Park also three times. He has collaborated with many international leading soloists including cellists Raphael Wallfisch and Yo-Yo Ma, singers Barbara Hendricks, Bryn Terfel, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna and Pianists Peter Donohoe and Dimitri Aleexev.
Martin has made over 100 recordings, including notable recordings of composer Richard Arnell's major orchestral work as well as many recordings by other neglected British and French composers.
As a composer his music for Flute and Piano has recently been recorded by flautist Anna Noakes and he has written concertos for Horn, Trumpet, Euphonium, Organ, Flute and Flute & Harp as well as 4 string quartets all of which are published by Broadbent & Dunn. He wrote a musical with Dudley Stevens (The Soap Opera 1986), seen briefly at the Piccadilly Theatre, London and another musical with Steve Devereaux (Wuthering Heights).
He completed and orchestrated Ernest John Moeran's Symphony No.2 (from sketches),which he recorded with the RSNO on Dutton Epoch, Edward Elgar's Pageant of Empire (Recorded by Yates conducting Roderick Williams - Baritone and realised and completed Richard Arnell's Symphony No.7 (Mandela)(Recorded by Yates and the RSNO). His orchestration of Sarnia - an Island Sequence for Orchestra by John Ireland has been recorded by the RSNO and released on Dutton Epoch and his orchestration for the Kenneth MacMillan Ballet Manon was made for the Royal Ballet in 2011 and is used throughout the world.