Emma Martin, Violin
Violinist Emma Martin is currently studying the Masters of Music (Music Performance) at The University of Melbourne, under the guidance of Dr Curt Thompson. Whilst at university, she has been awarded with the Corinna D'Hage Mayer String Scholarship, High Distinctions in every end of year Recital and completed the Australian Music Examination Board’s Licentiate of Music. She has also appeared as a soloist with orchestra and been nominated for masterclasses with professionals such as Mark Mogalevski, Alice Waten, Robin Wilson, Rachel Beesley, Charles Castleman (Rochester), Frank Huang (Houston) and Nicola Benedetti (London). She has frequently performed with the University of Melbourne Orchestra, The University of Melbourne’s String Ensemble, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute and Australian Youth Orchestra.
Chamber music has always had an important role in Emma’s life. Her secondary school piano trio, Trio-mphant, was the inspiration that lead to her career as a performer. With this group, she was awarded full marks in VCE Group Music, presented with the Premiers Award and performed at Top Class. She is currently an active member of Quartet Non Troppo, with whom she recently represented The University of Melbourne at the Pacific Alliance of Music Schools (PAMS) in 2015 and has recently been awarded with the Alan Rose Trust – Group Project for Rural Outreach. The group was successful in its earlier 2014 endeavors, including being finalists of Sydney Eisteddfod's 'Musica Viva Chamber Music Award', claiming first prize in many Melbourne-based eisteddfods and performing in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's pre-concert talk series. They have also received masterclasses with renowned professionals including Bill Hennessy, Zoe Knighton, Alvin Wong (Hong Kong), Brant Taylor (Chicago), Nathan Cole (Los Angeles) and Charles Castleman (Rochester). Emma will continue to learn new repertoire, both solo and chamber, and develop the skills necessary to become a professional chamber musician.