Martin Segerstråle

Musical director, choral conductor, pianist and composer

Studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Sibelius Academy.

Martin is currently assistant musical director and keys1 on the Helsinki Swedish Theatre's production of Mary Poppins, running until May, as well as cover conductor and pianist for the Finnish National Opera's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, running until December.

 

In March 2022 Martin will MD the world premiere of the musical 20 Sekunder in the Schauman Hall in Jakobstad, Finland. In June he will be the MD for a new opera based on real 19th century events in Åland, Djävulsdansen i Skarpans. The opera will be a part of the centennial celebrations of the Åland Islands' autonomy.

Martin was previously the MD for the Finnish first performance of the Disney musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, running at the Tampere Theatre until May 2020. He has also been the MD on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats in Tampere.

Martin teaches musical theatre history, ensemble singing and interpretation at the Lärkkulla folk academy in Karis, Finland and has also led musical theatre ensemble singing workshops, eg at the Nordklang 2019 choral festival in Helsingborg, Sweden. Martin is headmaster for the annual Martin Wegelius summer music courses in Karis, Finland, gathering internationally acclaimed teachers for a two-week intensive course.

Martin played on and contributed arrangements to the album Folkton with soprano Therese Karlsson in 2017, available on iTunes and Spotify, and has contributed to several albums with Finnish choirs.

Martin has worked on musical theatre projects in his native Finland and also in the UK. He has conducted several choirs in Finland and is in frequent demand as MD, pianist and accompanist. He has often won praise for the musicality of his interpretations. Martin has composed a number of works for choir and also orchestral pieces and chamber music.

Martin received the Finlands Svenska Sång- och Musikförbund biannual award in 2014 for promising young conductors. He has taken part in master classes with conductors such as Jorma Panula, Guy Reibel and Patrick Russill and studied chamber music with John Storgårds and Martti Rautio.

In the spring of 2015, Martin was awarded the Svenska Kulturfonden annual regional culture prize for outstanding contributions to the music life of Finland. In the prize statement, his musical versatility was referred to as "unique".

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