Pianist JOANNE PEARCE MARTIN was appointed by Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2001 as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Keyboardist. A graduate of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, she also balances a busy career as soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. She has performed at dozens of music series and festivals spanning four continents, collaborating with artists such as Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, and Joseph Silverstein. She has appeared as soloist with the LA Phil at both Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and with many other orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Huddersfield Philharmonic in England.
Martin’s solo CD Barefoot is available on Yarlung and Linn Records. She also records and performs on the theremin. Her playing has been described by the Los Angeles Times as possessing “unusual fervor and fluency” and “stirring virtuosity.” Martin’s 2016 Barbican Centre performance of Messiaen’s epic work Des Canyons aux Étoiles with the LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel was described by London’s Guardian as a “tour de force.”
This season she and her husband Gavin Martin continue to concertize together in the U.S. and abroad as a two-piano team. Another highlight of 2017 will be the West Coast premiere of John Adams’ Roll Over Beethoven for two pianos with Jeffrey Kahane.
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.