JOANNE PEARCE MARTIN was appointed by Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2001 as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Keyboardist. Born in Allentown, PA, she also performs worldwide as soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. With the LA Phil, she has made numerous solo appearances on piano, harpsichord, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, appearing with such conductors as Salonen, John Adams, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. She has made frequent solo appearances with the LA Phil during the summer Hollywood Bowl seasons. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she has been guest soloist with many other orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, and England’s Huddersfield Philharmonic. In great demand as a collaborative artist, she has performed with such artists as Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, and Joseph Silverstein.
Martin has performed at dozens of summer music festivals and concert series spanning four continents, including those in Aspen, Sarasota, Park City (Utah), Costa Rica, Sydney, Taipei, Edinburgh, Cologne, and Nice, and at New York’s 92nd St. Y, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Lincoln Center Library, as well as the Kennedy Center. Southern California audiences have followed her performances of new music and “standards” for years with the L.A. Phil’s Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Society, Piano Spheres, Monday Evening Concerts, Camerata Pacifica, Jacaranda, Dilijan, Pacific Serenades, South Bay Chamber Music Society, and the Ojai, Mainly Mozart, and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals.
Ms. Martin is a Steinway Artist. This season she and her husband Gavin Martin have continued to concertize together internationally as a two-piano team, including performances on the U.S. East Coast and Goa, India. Her playing has been described by the Los Angeles Times as possessing “unusual fervor and fluency” and “stirring virtuosity”. She has recorded solo and chamber music commercially for Centaur, Summit, and Albany records. Martin & her career have also been the subject of several national television features, the most recent one entitled "Career Day". Her solo CD entitled “Barefoot,” was recently released on Yarlung & Linn Records to critical acclaim. She enjoys delving into new musical projects; her newest and certainly freshest musical adventure is playing the Theremin. She has performed and recorded a commissioned piece (“Theremin’s Journey”) by Los Angeles composer Gernot Wolfgang on her Moog “Etherwave Pro”. This season she has also been performing a newly-comissioned solo piano work (D’Nato”) by composer and LA Phil Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira.
When she’s not making music, you might find Joanne up in the air - she is an instrument-rated airplane pilot and master-rated skydiver.