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Acclaimed Dublin-born pianist and composer Philip Martin has a unique, sought-after reputation which has made him a distinguished International artist. He has played with most of the major London orchestras and has given hundreds of broadcasts for RTE and the BBC and abroad, for RIA (Italian radio), SFB (Berlin), and for the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), amongst many others.
 
He made his Paris debut playing the Samuel Barber piano concerto which he also premiered in Dublin, Ireland. This confirmed his passion and interest in American music and resulted in a UK-US Bi-Centennial Arts Fellowship to the United States. Following this, he made his New York debut as part of the Britain Salutes New York Festival.
 
Besides Festivals in England, he has performed as pianist and composer in the Tanglewood and Aspen summer schools in the USA and has held several residencies there in various Universities, such as Syracuse, (NY) Bucknell (PA), and De Paul (Chicago) as well as McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
 
At home, he made his BBC Prom debut in the Royal Albert Hall playing Benjamin Britten’s Diversions for the left hand with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and returned to play Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini two years later.
 
He has recorded several highly-praised CDs for Hyperion records including a much-lauded boxed set of the complete piano music of the colourful 19th-century pianist-composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. He has recently completed two CDs of the piano solo works of Billy Mayerl, and a special CD of his own favourite piano works for Somm records.
Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is a member of Aosdana, the state-sponsored academy of Irish creative artists and in 2012 he was honoured with a Professorship from Birmingham City University in recognition of his creative work.
He has recently completed a 35-minute work for massed Celtic harps and instrumental ensemble which was commissioned by the Music Network in Ireland to mark their 30th anniversary, with funds provided by the Irish Arts Council. This received its world premiere in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin.
 
He has recently returned from a recital tour of South East Asia, where he was a resident teacher at the University of Taipei for Humanities and Fine Arts. During his time there Philip was honoured by an evening of his chamber music performed by the alumni of the university. 
 
Philip Martin combines a busy solo-performing career with that of a composer and teacher. It is these three elements that make him such a force in musical life today.

Interview with Murray McLachlan

I first heard Philip Martin’s dazzling pianism live on television when he performed Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini‘ at the BBC Proms with characteristic aplomb and panache. Reda more >

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