EDWARD 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.