The department of music at Murray State will have visiting pianist Gregory Martin on campus Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16, for a lecture, recital and master class for the benefit of students and the community.
The recital will be on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and will feature music by Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, J.S. Bach and Emile Naoumoff. A pre-recital lecture, “The Lessons of Faerie: The Fairytale Worlds of Robert Schumann and Edvard Grieg,” is scheduled for 6 p.m.
On Monday at 7:30 p.m., Martin will conduct a master class featuring piano students from the University music department. All events will be held in the Performing Arts Hall in the Doyle Fine Arts Building on the Murray State campus, and are free and open to the public.
Martin has been featured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan as both a soloist and chamber musician. A prize winner in several international competitions, his recent performances have included engagements at Carnegie Hall (Weill), collaborations with members of the Chicago, Indianapolis and Dresden symphonies, and the premieres of unpublished compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gerald Finzi.
He has lectured at the University of Berlin, Germany, the Grieg Academy, Norway and Oxford University, and is head of academics at the Cornish-American Song Institute, England.
Recent publications include articles on Vaughan Williams and J.R.R. Tolkien, with forthcoming essays on Grieg, Schumann and Brahms.
Martin studied at Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati and Worcester College, Oxford, and is currently adjunct piano instructor at the University of Indianapolis and staff accompanist at DePauw University. He is also active as a composer, and is married to clarinetist Christina Martin.