Thomas Martin has long been a household name in the world of double bass. His achievements as a player, teacher and pedagogue have gained him far-reaching recognition.
Martin studied in the United States under Harold Roberts, Oscar Zimmerman and Roger Scott. Both Zimmerman and Scott were main students of the Catalan virtuoso Antoni Torelli: Principal Bass of Barcelona’s Teatro Liceo orchestra and later the Philadelphia Orchestra. Torello is well known for having introduced the French bowing technique in the United States. He was pupil Pedro Valls, who was in turn a pupil of José Roveda and Giovanni Bottesini. Martin has developed a great technique using the same kind of bow. As a conductor, he has studied with Sian Edwards in London and with Stephen Darlington in Oxford, and has also accomplished the first recording of Giovanni Bottesini’s Messa da Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and its chorus. Martin has played with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. As principal bass, he has played with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and latterly the London Symphony Orchestra.
In recent years, Martin has been pursuing an ever-increasing interest in solo playing appearing in recitals and concertos with orchestras around the world. He has made a number of television and broadcast appearances presenting a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the baroque to the 20th century. He has played and recorded an extensive amount of the chamber music for his instrument, and recently completed a series of recordings of the music of Giovanni Bottesini, which have met with great critical acclaim. His recordings in the Bottesini series with Anthony Halstead were awarded “Gramophone Magazine Record of the Year” and his recording with the English Chamber Orchestra was chosen as the “Sunday Times Record of the Year”. During 2008, the celebrated series was re-released on Naxos.