Martina Batič is the new Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Choir

The Slovenian conductor will start her tenure in September 2024.

03 jun 2024

Regarded as one of the most promising choral conductors of her generation, Martina Batič is renowned for her versatility in directing a wide-ranging repertoire, from a cappella pieces to choral-symphonic works. She demonstrated this prowess during last year’s Gulbenkian Music season, when conducting the Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra in Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion and the Gulbenkian Choir in two a cappella performances.

As guest conductor, Martina Batič has conducted prestigious choral ensembles, including the RIAS Kammerchor, Bavarian Radio Choir, MDR Radio Choir Leipzig, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Helsinki Chamber Choir and Flemish Radio Choir. She also appeared at prestigious events such as the Baltic Sea Festival Stockholm, Ultima Oslo, Choregies d’Orange and Festival Présences Paris, as well as the festivals of Montpellier and Saint-Denis.

In addition to the performances with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir, her agenda for the current and coming seasons includes collaborations with the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir, Casa da Música Choir, Choeur de Radio France, Berlin Radio Choir, NDR Vokalensemble Hamburg, Chorwerk Ruhr, Zürcher Sing-Akademie and Hungarian Radio Choir.

Martina Batič studied at the University of Ljubljana Music Academy and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. She completed a master’s degree in choral conducting, with distinction, in 2004. In 2006, she won the Eric Ericson Award and in 2019 she received the Slovenian national prize Prešeren Fund Awards for her artistic achievements in the field of choral conducting.

Between 2018 and 2022, Martina Batič has been Principal Conductor of the Choeur de Radio France, following a period as Artistic Director of the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir. Between 2004 and 2009, she has been Artistic Director of the Slovenian National Opera Choir in Ljubljana.

In addition to the Gulbenkian Choir, Martina Batič is also Chief Conductor of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble in Copenhagen.

Martina Batič succeeds Michel Corboz, who has been the Principal Conductor of the Gulbenkian Choir for more than half a century.

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