Martin has his LRSM on piano, most of a Dip. Mus. on the violin (incl. the performance req.s), and his Ph. D. with the thesis: "The Computer as a Musicianship Teaching Aid". Martin was concerto soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (at age 15) in Mozart's K466 in D minor, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (at age 16) in the Grieg Piano Concerto. He won a scholarship (which he did not take up) to the Royal Schools of Music in London when he was awarded the LRSM with the highest marks in New Zealand (at age 17). Martin has taught private piano lessons for most of his life. As concertmaster of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, Martin frequently conducted string sectional rehearsals. For eight years he taught beginner violin and coached chamber music groups at the Christchurch School of Instrumental Music. (Many of his former students now have careers as professional musicians). Martin played violin in the NZ Youth Orchestra in its tour of Great Britain and Asia; and also professionally in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Canterbury Trust Orchestra, and the NZSO. He also played violin in chamber music tours around NZ - in a string quartet, and in a piano quartet which performed under the auspices of the NZ Chamber Music Federation. Later, in Canada, Martin played assistant concertmaster (and occasional piano soloist) with the Oshawa Symphony Orchestra. In Australia, he coached the first violins of the top two orchestras of Melbourne Youth Music in January 2002 and 2003. Martin has accompanied many professional soloists, in concerts which have been broadcast by the CBC in Canada, and in performances in the USA and in Western Australia, including a recent recital with Jon Tooby in Albany. After gaining his Ph.D. Martin was invited to the University of Toronto to lecture and to carry out research in using computers to teach music. The resulting creative software - Musicland and Melodyland – are used internationally. His aural training software was used at Boston's New England Conservatory. He also spent two winters in Australia, teaching and performing at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2000, Martin was appointed Project Consultant to the School of Music at UWA and since 2003 he has been a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University, WA. Martin has been music director of the Hills Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2004. He enjoys playing chamber music with friends in concerts at his home.
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