Joanne Pearce Martin
Pianist Joanne Pearce Martin was appointed in 2001 as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s keyboardist. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she has been featured extensively at both the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, appearing with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and John Adams. The Los Angeles Times has described her performances as having “unusual fervor and fluency”, “propulsive, interactive pianism”, and “stirring virtuosity.”
Martin’s performances at major music festivals and concert series have spanned four continents. Countless Southern California appearances include those with the L.A. Phil’s Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Society series; Camerata Pacifica, Pacific Serenades, Piano Spheres, Dilijan, Jacaranda and South Bay Chamber Music Society; and the San Luis Obispo Mozart, Mainly Mozart, HEAR NOW and Ojai festivals. She made her LACO debut at the 2006 LACO’s Chamber Music Marathon.
In great demand as a collaborative artist, Martin has performed with such renowned artists as Joseph Silverstein, Aaron Rosand, Julius Baker, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Lynn Harrell and Joshua Bell. Always delving into new musical projects, she has commissioned works from composers Joseph Pereira, Gernot Wolfgang and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and has also performed and recorded on the theremin. In the 2013-14 season, Joanne and husband Gavin Martin have continued to concertize together internationally as a two-piano team.
Martin has recorded solo and chamber music commercially for Centaur, Summit and Albany records, and has also been the subject of several national television features, the most recent one entitled Career Day. Her solo CD, entitled Barefoot, was recently released on Yarlung and Linn Records to critical acclaim.
Martin is a Steinway artist.