School of Music Visiting Artist
Los Angeles Philharmonic pianist Joanne Pearce Martin in Piano Workshop - all welcome to attend! Composers don’t miss this chance to ask questions about writing for keyboards in the orchestra!
Pianist Joanne Pearce Martin was appointed to the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2001. She holds the Katharine Bixby Hotchkis chair as the LA Phil's Principal Keyboardist. A native of Allentown, PA and a graduate of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute, she balances a busy career as soloist, chamber musician, & recording artist. She has been featured with the LA Phil on multiple occasions at both the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 2016 she was the piano soloist in a sold-out and critically-acclaimed performance of Messiaen's epic 100-minute work “Des canyons aux étoiles” at London's Barbican Centre with the LA Phil & Gustavo Dudamel.
Joanne is continually exploring new musical adventures. She performs and records on the Theremin, and has commissioned new piano works from various composers, including Joseph Pereira and Gernot Wolfgang.
This season she and her husband Gavin Martin continue to concertize together in the U.S. and abroad as a two-piano team. She also collaborates periodically with pianist Jeffrey Kahane, in multiple performances of Mozart's Concerto for 2 pianos, as well as the world premiere of Andrew Norman's “Frank's House” and the West Coast premiere of John Adams’ “Roll Over Beethoven.”
Her playing has been described by the Los Angeles Times as possessing “unusual fervor and fluency” and “stirring virtuosity”.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.