With a dual career as a performer and conductor, David Martins balances orchestral and chamber venues with an active teaching and conducting schedule. He is the Music Director of the Boston University Wind Ensemble and is an Adjunct Professor of Music. Mr. Martins is the newly appointed Music Director of the Rivers Conservatory Youth Wind Ensemble. He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Music, where he was the Wind Ensemble Director and clarinet faculty for 35 years. He was a Berkshire Music Festival Tanglewood Fellow and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Lowell, College of Music.
Professor Martins is the founding music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles where he was the conductor of the senior division from 2002- 2012 and conducted the ensemble at Carnegie Hall. During the past several years, he has been in demand as a guest conductor and has conducted Festival ensembles throughout the Eastern United States. Since the summer of 1999 Mr. Martins has served on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute as Director of Wind Activities for the Young Artist Orchestra and since the summer of 2005 conducts the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Wind Ensemble.
He is a member of the clarinet section of the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire. He performs as a substitute player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony. For 25 years he performed as second clarinet with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He can be heard on orchestral and chamber recordings on the BSO, CRI, Koch, Titanic, Gasparo and Albany labels.
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