Pianist; Guest Artist, Artistic Advisor
Hailed by the Washington Post as “a pianist of poetry and power,” Julian Martin first came to international attention as winner of the Montevideo International Competition in 1975. He also received major prizes in the Casadeus/Ravel (now Cleveland Int’l), Kapell and Bachauer competitions. In 1982 he was awarded the Jury Collaborative Prize at The Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Subsequent tours of South America, Europe and Asia brought tremendous critical success in the international press. After his Italian debut La Nazione of Florence commented: “ …an artist of deep convictions and astonishing authority who handles the grand line as well as the most delicate irridescent texturing of (Ravel’s) Miroirs with total ease…”
Julian Martin has served as juror for many major competitions including the Montreal, Iowa International (Sioux City), American Pianists’ Foundation (Indianapolis), AMSA (Cincinnati), Virtuosi Of The Year 2000 in St. Petersburg, Jaen (Spain), and YoungArts (Milwaukee), as well as national competitions in Argentina, Colombia, Canada and Korea. He was a member of the original selection committee for the Gilmore Foundation in Kalamazoo.
Since 1999 he has been faculty member of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Guest Faculty member of the Glenn Gould Professional School (Toronto), the Conservatoire Tibor Varga (Switzerland), and the Banff Centre (Canada). He has presented master classes in Great Britain, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Venezuela and Israel. He is founder, and for eleven years, Artistic Director of the Gijon International Piano Festival (Asturias).
A native of Alabama, Martin’s first teachers were Beverly Bourne Gibbons (later affiliated with Emory University) and Vernon Raines (conductor, Meridian Symphony Orchestra). His professional studies continued at Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Leon Fleisher, with additional studies in Italy and France with Guido Agosti and Nadia Boulanger, respectively. His recordings with violinist Berl Senofsky can be heard on the Cembal d’Amour label, and with flutist Robert Willoughby on the Gaspar and Historic Recordings series of the National Flute Society.
Martin has taught at Oberlin Conservatory (1982-87), Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (1987-2003), and has been a member of the piano faculty of The Juilliard School since 1999.