A native of Marietta, Georgia, Michael Martin joined the trumpet section of the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops as Fourth/Utility trumpet in October 2010, occupying the Ford H. Cooper Chair. He taught at New England Conservatory from 2012 to 2017.
Martin has performed with orchestras across the country and around the world including the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Chicago symphonies, and with the Pacific Music Festival of Sapporo, Japan, and the Grand Teton Music Festival of Jackson, Wyoming. He has performed as guest principal trumpet with the Honolulu Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic and with the Malaysian Philharmonic of Kuala Lumpur. From 2006 to 2009, Martin was a regular member with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony.
A champion of new music, Martin has performed with acclaimed contemporary music groups eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet, and has also performed with members of the Chicago Symphony as part of their "MusicNow" series at the Harris Theater. An award-winning composer, Mr. Martin has also studied composition at Northwestern University and orchestration at the University of Chicago with renowned composer, orchestrator, and conductor Cliff Colnot, and has been commissioned by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Chamber Musicians.
In addition to being the first brass player in 25 years to win the Northwestern University Concerto Competition, in 2006 Martin was also the winner of the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., and was subsequently invited to perform at the Kennedy Center representing Northwestern University as part of "The Conservatory Project," an initiative aimed at highlighting the nation's most distinguished collegiate musicians.
A devoted teacher, Martin has taught students ranging from age 10 to 24 and in middle and high school concert and marching band programs around the country. Martin is also a brass instructor with the Drum Corps International World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois. He currently consults with the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts of Tucson.
Prior to joining the Boston Symphony, Mr. Martin enjoyed a dynamic freelance career with a diverse group of ensembles and performing artists including Sufjan Stevens, the Burning River Brass, and the Still Swingin' Big Band of Atlanta, Georgia. Martin has been a finalist for positions in the President's Own United States Marine Band, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, as well as the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, and San Francisco. Martin is also co–Artistic Director of the National Brass Symposium.
B.M., M.M., Northwestern University. Studies with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer. Tanglewood Music Center 2006, 2008; Roger Voisin Trumpet Award recipient both summers.
Photo by Marco Borggreve/courtesy BSO