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, she balances a busy career as soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. She has been featured with the LA Phil on multiple occasions with conductors such as Salonen, John Adams, and Gustavo Dudamel. She has performed at dozens of music festivals and concert series spanning four continents, collaborating with artists such as Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Joseph Silverstein. Other guest appearances with orchestras include those with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, and the Huddersfield Philharmonic.
Joanne Pearce Martin is a Steinway Artist. Her playing has been described by the Los Angeles Times as possessing “unusual fervor and fluency” and “stirring virtuosity.” She has recorded commercially for Centaur, Summit, and Albany records, and she has been the subject of several national U.S. television features. Her solo CD Barefoot, containing varied solo piano works from the 19th and 20th centuries, was recently released on Yarlung and Linn Records to critical acclaim.
Martin enjoys delving into new musical projects; her latest musical adventure is playing the theremin. She has performed and recorded a commissioned piece (Theremin’s Journey) by Los Angeles composer Gernot Wolfgang, in which she performs on both theremin and piano. She also recently commissioned a solo piano work (D’Nato) by composer and LA Phil Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira.
She is currently enjoying her third decade of international performances as a two-piano team with her husband Gavin Martin. When she’s not making music, you might find Joanne up in the air - she is an instrument-rated airplane pilot and a master-rated skydiver.