Identified by The Australian as ‘the best young talent for the new millenium’, pianist/composer Benjamin Martin has become known as an artist of exceptional versatility and subtlety of expression. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he has been described as ‘the consummate artist’ (The Age), and as a composer, ‘distinctive...arresting in style’ (New York Times).
As a pianist, Benjamin has appeared regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra,and has performed with artists such as Alina Ibragimova, Pekka Kuusisto, Eiji Oue, Lukasz Szyrner, Boris Baraz and Leonardo Altino.
On the composing side, in 1993, John Browning gave the World Premiere of MartinsThree Portrait Etudes at The Alice Tully Hall, NY. Benjamin’s music is featured on the Canadian label Tout Crin, and has been performed in Europe and the United States, notably by Kristian Jarvi’s Absolute Ensemble.
In 2010, Clockface - a large work resulting from a collaboration between Benjamin and the painter-poet Matthew Hooper - received its premiere in the Sydney Chamber Music Festival, featuring Guy Noble as narrator. Benjamin joined the Firebird Trio in 2010.