Joanne Pearce Martin
Pianist Joanne Pearce Martin was appointed by Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2001 as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s keyboardist. A native of Allentown, PA and a graduate of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, she balances a busy career as soloist, chamber musician, & recording artist. She has been featured with the LA Phil on multiple occasions with conductors such as Salonen, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, John Adams and Gustavo Dudamel. She has performed at dozens of music series and festivals spanning four continents, collaborating with artists such as Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker and Joseph Silverstein. She has been a guest soloist with many other orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony and England’s Huddersfield Philharmonic.
Martin is continually exploring new musical adventures. Recent recordings include a solo album, Barefoot (Yarlung & Linn Records), and the track “Theremin’s Journey” on composer Gernot Wolfgang’s Short Stories (Albany Records), in which she performs on both piano and theremin. Martin has been the subject of several national television features, and her playing of Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto can be heard on the soundtrack of The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx.
This season Joanne and her husband Gavin Martin continue to concertize together in the US and abroad as a two-piano team.
Martin’s playing has been described by the Los Angeles Times as possessing “unusual fervor and fluency” and “stirring virtuosity”. Her Barbican Centre performance of Messiaen’s epic work Des canyons aux étoiles with the LA Phil and Dudamel was described by London’s The Guardian as a “tour de force”.
When she’s not making music, you might find Martin up in the air – she is an instrument-rated airplane pilot and master-rated skydiver.
Martin is a Steinway Artist.