Joanne and Gavin Martin began performing together in 1984 as fellow students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Married since 1990, they have made Los Angeles their permanent residence, where they continue to explore both the piano-duet and two-piano repertoire.
Pennsylvania native JOANNE PEARCE MARTIN was appointed by Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2001 as the Keyboardist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ms. Martin also 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, and John Adams.
She 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, James Galway, Julius Baker, & Joseph Silverstein.
Ms. Martin has performed at dozens of summer music festivals and concert series in Aspen, Sarasota, Park City, Utah, New York’s 92nd St. Y, Carnegie Recital Hall, Lincoln Center Library, Kennedy Center, Sydney, Australia, Taipei, Edinburgh, Cologne, and Nice, France. Southern California audiences have followed her many performances of contemporary music and standard repertoire for over two decades on virtually every concert series in the area.
She has appeared on all the major U.S. television networks and recorded commercially for Centaur, Summit, Yarlung, Albany, and Linn records. Ms. Martin has also been the subject of a half-hour feature on The Learning Channel, and most recently on the show “Career Day”. Her latest solo CD is entitled “Joanne Pearce Martin, Barefoot”. Ms. Martin’s playing of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto can be heard on the soundtrack of DreamWorks’ “The Soloist”, starring Jamie Foxx.
She has received raves from the Los Angeles Times: “stirring virtuosity…unusual fervor and fluency…persuasive, impassioned…exhilarating power at high speed….an extraordinary recital .”
Gavin Martin’s musical endeavors brought him from India to the United States 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 extensively. Upon graduating from Curtis, 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, the latter 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. 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 been featured as soloists with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on multiple occasions, at both Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. They have also appeared at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, The Music Academy in Santa Barbara, and the Teatro Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, where they were invited to perform a recital at the hall’s 100th anniversary celebration. Their 2013-14 season engagements include a duo-recital in India and return appearances with Camerata Pacifica. In addition to their musical pursuits, Joanne and Gavin are both aerobatic pilots and skydivers – they have done BASE jumps off the world’s tallest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela.