National Symphony Orchestra coming to Galway for summer concert


Music for Galway is pleased to announce that an extra concert has been added to its 41st International Concert Season this summer.

On May 13, the National Symphony Orchestra will make a welcome return to Leisureland.

Led by its charismatic chief conductor Jaime Martín and joined by the phenomenal Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein, the orchestra are bound to bring a must energetic performance to Galway audiences.

Chief Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra since 2019, Jaime Martín is also Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Having spent many years as a highly regarded flautist, Jaime turned to conducting full-time in 2013 and quickly became sought after at the highest level.

Recent and future engagements include debuts with the Dresden, Netherlands Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, return visits to the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Antwerp Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de RTVE and Galicia Symphony orchestras, and a nine-city European tour with the London Philharmonic.

Jaime Martin

Born in 1979, in Voronezh in the former Soviet Union, Kirill Gerstein’s heritage combines the traditions of Russian, American and Central European music-making with an insatiable curiosity.

These qualities and the relationships that he has developed with orchestras, conductors, instrumentalists, singers and composers, have led him to explore a huge spectrum of repertoire both new and old.

From Bach to Adès, Gerstein’s playing is distinguished by a ferocious technique and discerning intelligence, matched with an energetic, imaginative musical presence that places him at the top of his profession.

Gerstein is an American citizen based in Berlin. His career is similarly international with world-wide performances.

These range from concerts with the Chicago and Boston Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Concertgebouw, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, London Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO), to recitals in London, Berlin, Vienna, Paris and New York.

Kirill Gerstein, Pianist. Photo: Marco Borggreve

Kirill Gerstein is the soloist for the formula one of all works for piano solo and orchestra, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.

Unabashedly lyrical and passionate, the yearning melody at its heart was famously used in David Lean’s iconic 1945 film Brief Encounter.

This piece is bookended by Ian Wilson’s storm tossed Man-o’-War, which opens the evening, while Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade brings romance and poetry to the end of the night.

Tickets are available from and cost €30 / €27 concession.

There is a reduced price for full-time students and school-going children of €10 and MfG Friends pay €26. To book or find out about how to join as MfG Friend, visit our website or phone 091 705962.

This concert is presented in partnership with the National Symphony Orchestra. Music for Galway gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council.