The distinguished Irish pianist and composer Philip Martin combines a busy solo performing career with that of a composer and teacher. It is these three elements of his musical personality that make him such a force in musical life today.
Born in Dublin, he studied with Mabel Swainson before winning an Associated Board scholarship to the Royal Academy of music in London.
He made his London recital debut in the Wigmore Hall and this led to frequent appearances on the South Bank and throughout Britain with all the BBC orchestras, the London Symphony, London Sinfonietta, the Royal Philharmonic, the Halle, the Bournemouth Symphony, the City of Birmingham and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Philip Martin’s BBC, RTE and foreign broadcasts are many and he has also been a frequent visitor to the BBC Promenade concerts, where he toured with the National Youth orchestra of Great Britain playing in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Tivoli Gardens in Denmark before his appearance in the Royal Albert hall. He followed this two years later with a televised performance of Rachmaninoff’s “Paganini Rhapsody” which was televised on “Omnibus at the Proms”
His concert tours have taken him to countries as varied as Japan, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Mexico, France, Germany and Canada, and he has toured extensively in the United States where, besides holding a UK-US Bi-centennial Arts Fellowship, he has held residencies in various American Universities, as well as being a guest of Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals.
Philip has recorded an eight-volume set of CD’s for Hyperion records of the music of the colourful 19th century American composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Other recordings for Hyperion have included the critically acclaimed “Maiden’s Prayer” which is heard repeatedly on Classic FM, RTE and BBC Radio 3. As well as Gottschalk he has recorded the solo piano music of the Austrian composer, Henri Herz. He has also recorded on the Nimbus, RCA Red Seal, Continuum, Marco Polo, BBC and Chandos labels as well as Somm recordings. His Somm recordings include a disc of two piano works by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky and the solo piano music of Billy Mayerl, the second volume of which will be released in2015.
Classical CDs Weekly review:Billy Mayerl.
Saturday 30th March 2013, by Graham Rikson
" Casual listeners may think they’ve stumbled across a clutch of rare Gershwin pieces, but Mayerl’s style is just a little more introspective, a touch less self-consciously jazzy. These miniatures are difficult to play, and Martin manages to sound improvisatory whilst nailing the music’s technical demands. Swoon over "Moorish Idol"’s bluesy insouciance and marvel at the exuberant, percussive "Railroad Rhythm". Irresistible."
As a COMPOSER, Philip Martin is prolific and he has fulfilled many major commissions including a Harp concerto (RTE) and several large choral works. His output includes a symphony (RTE) three piano concertos, over 300 songs and many instrumental and chamber works including seven piano trios. Many of these works have been commercially recorded and in the last year some eight separate CDs have been released featuring some of his chamber music.
He always proudly retains his relationship with Ireland where he returns each season.
He holds a BA degree in Art History and in 2012 awarded a Professorship by the City University of Birmingham for his outstanding contribution to the arts.