Described by the Los Angeles Times as “husband and wife pianists in perfect sync”, Joanne and Gavin Martin began performing together in 1984 as fellow students at the Curtis Institute of Music. Married since 1990, they have made Los Angeles their permanent residence. They continue to explore both the piano duet and two-piano repertoire.
JOANNE PEARCE MARTIN was hired in 2001 by Esa-Pekka Salonen as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Principal Keyboardist. A native of Allentown, PA, Ms. Martin performs all over the world as soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. With the L.A. Phil., she has made numerous solo appearances on piano, harpsichord, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, appearing with such conductors as Salonen, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, John Adams, and Gustavo Dudamel. In March 2016, Joanne performed as soloist with Dudamel & the LA Phil in Olivier Messiaen’s epic “Des Canyons aux Etoiles”. The sold-out performance at London’s Barbican Centre garnered her rave reviews in The Guardian and numerous other publications.
Ms. Martin has been guest soloist with many other orchestras in the U.S and abroad, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, and England’s Huddersfield Philharmonic. In great demand as a collaborative artist, she has performed with such artists as Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Emmanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Jeffrey Kahane, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, & Joseph Silverstein.
Ms. Martin has performed at dozens of summer music festivals and concert series in Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Sarasota, Park City, Utah, New York’s 92nd St. Y, Carnegie Recital Hall, Lincoln Center Library, Kennedy Center, Australia, Taiwan, Edinburgh, Cologne, and Nice. Southern California audiences have followed her performances for over two decades on many of the area’s major concert series.
She has appeared on all the major U.S. television networks and recorded commercially for Centaur, Summit, and Albany records. Ms. Martin has also been the subject of a half-hour feature on The Learning Channel. Her solo CD entitled “Joanne Pearce Martin, Barefoot”, is available on Yarlung & Linn Records, and she also performs and records on the Theremin. Ms. Martin’s playing of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto can be heard on the soundtrack of DreamWorks’ “The Soloist”, starring Jamie Foxx.
GAVIN MARTIN’s musical endeavors brought him to the United States from India, by way of the Royal College of Music in London. He considers his approach to music strongly influenced by the playing of the late Jorge Bolet, and Gary Graffman, two pianists with whom he studied at the Curtis Institute, where he was awarded the Rachmaninoff Prize.
Martin has performed in solo recital on all five continents, in addition to touring extensively as a chamber musician. The conductors he has appeared with as soloist include Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Zubin Mehta, with whom he made his New York Philharmonic debut in 1985. He has toured under the auspices of the US State Department, and has appeared on the television stations of the BBC, Suisse Romande, and ABC. His engagements within the last year have included recitals with violinist Martin Chalifour, and cellist Lynn Harrell at the Phillips Collection in D.C.
Reviewing his New York City recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, the New York Times carried the caption “Classical Light, Romantic Heat and a Dazzler.”
The Martins have played together all over the world, including the Mormon Tabernacle in Utah, The Kala Academy in Goa, and Costa Rica’s Teatro Nacional, where they were invited to perform a recital for the hall’s 100th anniversary celebration They have been featured as soloists with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Southern California provides them with ideal weather for two of their passions: skydiving and aerobatic flying – they also have made a BASE jump off the world’s tallest waterfall – Angel Falls in Venezuela.