Philip Martin wrote:
‘New York Nights is a snappy, brilliant scherzo depicting the excitement and colour of the “Big Apple” where I studied, lived and performed in the 1980’s and 90’s. One minute we are in the Latin quarter and the next we are transported to the hustle and bustle of 42nd Street. Art, people and places are often a springboard for much of my musical inspiration.’
Educational piano pieces from Philip Martin are very popular with teachers and students and some might remember his The Rainbow Comes and Goes from the ABRSM’s Piano Syllabus for Grade 8.
‘Between the Bartok and Ravel, Mr. Martin gave us Beethoven’s F sharp sonata with warmly supple phrasing and poetic insight- a beautiful performance.’
The Daily Telegraph. (London – South Bank recital)
He made his London 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 Hallé, the Bournemouth Symphony, the City of Birmingham and he Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
He has played his extensive repertoire of over 60 concertos in such diverse countries as France, Italy, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the USA and Canada, Saudi Arabia, Cairo and Mexico, where he is a regular and very popular visitor.
He has also proudly retained his relationship with Ireland where he returns each season. For his first concerto appearance in Dublin, he played the George Gershwin concerto in F and this set the seal on his passion and interest in American music. He then gave the Irish premiére of Samuel Barber’s piano concerto for which he has a particular affection. Many performances of this work followed. Besides the many RTE National Symphony broadcasts, he has also performed this work with three separate BBC orchestras as well as an EBU broadcast from Ankara in Turkey and the first performance of the work in Paris.
His 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.
Philip spent a year in the United States on a UK-US Bi-Centennial arts fellowship which allowed him to play, research, and meet American composers.