Martin Segerstråle trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he attended the Musical Direction and Coaching (MD) programme, which is part of the education programme for musical theatre. He has studied with i.a. Mark Warman, David White, Nick Skilbeck and Dan Bowling and attended masterclasses with i.a. Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Sams and John Bucchino. He graduated with distinction in 2016.
Martin studied choral conducting with Matti Hyökki and Nils Schweckendiek and piano with Folke Gräsbeck and Teppo Koivisto at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki from 2012 to 2015, concluding his Master’s studies with diplomas in both subjects. He had earlier studied musicology and German at the Åbo Akademi university in Turku, Finland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008.
Martin will conduct the world premiere of the musical ”20 Sekunder” in Jakobstad, Finland in March, 2022. The production is a collaboration between the Jakobstad Sinfonietta and the Novia theatre performance and singing educational programmes. Complete with a 33-piece orchestra and presented in the stunning Schauman Hall, the production is directed by Masse Holmqvist with choreography by Ida Inxi Holmlund.
In the summer of 2022, Martin will conduct the world premiere of the chamber opera ”Djävulsdansen i Skarpans” in Mariehamn, Åland islands. Featuring prominent Swedish and Finnish opera singers, the opera is based on historical events in Åland in the 1840s. Composed by Daniel Hjorth and with a libretto by Richard Bark, the opera is directed by Robert Liewendahl with choreography by Jon Hoff.
Martin was the MD for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats at Tampereen Teatteri in Tampere, Finland, from September 2017 to November 2018. During the 2019-2020 season he conducted the Finnish first performance of Disney’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, also in Tampere. He has also been the MD on independent productions and musical theatre concerts.
Martin was MD for an internal RAM production of Adam Guettel’s ”The Light in the Piazza” in February 2016, directed by Matt Ryan. Previously, Martin had conducted the world premiere production of Patrick Wingren’s new musical ”Natten är ännu ung” in Jakobstad in the spring of 2015 and worked with Skärgårdsteatern’s acclaimed production of the musical ”I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” in the summer of 2014.
Martin has conducted several choirs during the years, including the Turku-based choirs Åbolands Kammarkör and Åbo Sångarbröder Musices Amantes and the chamber ensemble Ensemble Vida, of which he was one of the founding members in 2013. He was also bass principal for the internationally acclaimed chamber choir Key Ensemble for many years.
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