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January 4, 2007

London bassist Thomas Martin to perform Jan. 7

Thomas Martin, double bass faculty member at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London) and former principal bassist with the London Symphony Orchestra, will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Bottesini, and others at a concert on Sunday, Jan. 7. The concert is part of the “Barry Lieberman and Friends” series that features bassists.


One of the world’s best-known bassists, Martin studied in the United States under Harold Roberts, Oscar Zimmerman, and Roger Scott. He has held front desk positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras and Principal positions with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra.


In recent years, Martin has been pursuing an ever-increasing interest in solo playing, appearing in recitals and concertos with orchestras around the globe. He has made a number of television and broadcast appearances, presenting a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century, and has played and recorded most of the chamber music for his instrument.


Maria Larionoff, Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, will join him at the UW concert for Bottesini’s virtuostic Grand Duo. The program is at 2 p.m. in Brechemin Auditorium. Martin will also give a master class at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 in Brechemin.


Tickets for the concert are $10 and may be obtained at the door. The master class is free and open to the public for observation.