MARTIN has studied with lutenists Paul O'Dette, Toyohiko Satoh, and Hopkinson
Smith. He holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Lute at the College
of Saint Scholastica. In 1984, he was a finalist in the First International
Lute Competition in Toronto where he was the only American to have been
selected as a finalist. In 1986, he toured the Midwest with lutenist Rockford
Mjos. He again toured the Midwest and Canada with tenor William Bastian,
in 1989. He has also appeared as a soloist, performing Vivaldi concertos
with various orchestras. He has made numerous recordings for Minnesota
Public Radio, and these performances have also been broadcast on the American
Public Radio network. He is a member of many ensembles, including the
Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Lute Quartet (MiLQ), a duo
with tenor William Bastian, Ensemble Polaris, and a Baroque lute duo with
lutenist Paul Berget.
In November of 1994, he released his first CD, Lute Songs of Virtues and Vices, with tenor William Bastian. In Summer 1998 he was invited to be the Renaissance lute instructor at the SFEMS Renaissance week at the Dominican college in San Rafael, California and again in the summer of 2001. Recent concerts include performances in California and Maui. In addition to his recordings, Mr. Martin has been published as a critic of various recordings and books.