Gavin Martin’s musical endeavors brought him to the United States from India, by way of the Royal College of Music in London. He considers his approach to music strongly influenced by the playing of the late Jorge Bolet, and Gary Graffman, two pianists with whom he studied at the Curtis Institute, where he was awarded the Rachmaninoff Prize.
Martin has performed in solo recital on all five continents, in addition to touring extensively as a chamber musician. The conductors he has appeared with as soloist include Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Zubin Mehta, with whom he made his New York Philharmonic debut in 1984. He has toured under the auspices of the US State Department, and has appeared on the television stations of the BBC, Suisse Romande, and ABC. Martin has a piano duo team with his wife Joanne Pearce Martin, performing both the two-piano and piano four-hand repertoire. They have been featured as soloists with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Southern California provides Martin with ideal weather for two of his passions: skydiving and aerobatic flying. He has made a BASE jump off the world’s tallest waterfall – Angel Falls in Venezuela. Reviewing his New York City recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, the New York Times carried the caption “Classical Light, Romantic Heat and a Dazzler.”