MARTIN LEGINUS (1980)
Music director of the State Opera Prague
Conductor in residence of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava
Martin Leginus studied orchestra conducting at the State Conservatoire (Zdeněk Bílek) and at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava (Ondrej Lenárd, Peter Feranec). He attended International Conducting Master Classes under the leading of Kurt Masur, former chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic. In 2005, he spent one-term-stay in the Landestheater Detmold, Germany.
Martin co-operated with the Orchestra of the State Opera Budapest, the Oviedo Filarmonía, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the State Philharmonic Košice, the Orchestra of the State Opera Košice, the Cappella Istropolitana, the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, the Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra, the Musica aeterna; and with soloists Ľubica Vargicová, Adriana Kučerová, Eva Hornyáková, Jolana Fogašová, Terézia Kružliaková, Leo Nucci, Pavol Breslik, Sergei Larin, Miroslav Dvorský, Oto Klein, Dalibor Jenis, Peter Mikuláš, Markus Forster, Ladislav Fanzowitz, Marian Lapšanský, etc.
Since 2006 Martin conducts in the Slovak National Theatre, first as a conductor’s assistant in Cavalleria rusticana, I Pagliacci, La Bohème and Madama Butterfly. He made his debut in January 2007 by a successful substitute in Khachaturian’s Spartacus. Since 2008 is a conductor in residence of the Slovak National Theatre, where conducts operas Otello, The Magic Flute, The two Foscari, Macbeth, Nabucco, The Barber of Seville, The Bartered Bride, Martin and the Sun and ballets The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Ivan the Terrible, Giselle, La Sylphide and Spartacus.
In 2009 Martin made a successful debut in Vienna’s Konzerthaus and in the same year also at the stage of Berlin’s Konzerthaus with the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina within the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. In 2010 Martin conducted a successful tour with the State Philharmonic Košice in Poland and later on he led the New Year’s concerts with the Oviedo Filarmonía in Spain. In June 2012 cooperated with legendary Italian baritone Leo Nucci in Verdi's The Two Foscari in Bratislava. In January 2013 Martin made his debut in the Prague State Opera in Mozart's The Magic Flute. In June 2013 Martin conducted project Folklore Symphony (symphonic and film music of famous Slovak composers - Tibor Andračovan and Svetozár Stračina) at the Bratislava Castle within the Viva Musica! festival.
Since August 2013 Martin Leginus is music director of the State Opera Prague, Czech Republic.