Samuel Martin, Founder & Artistic Director

Pianist Samuel Martin is a dynamic artist in demand as a partner for recital, chamber, choral, orchestral, opera, and musical theater performances.  A Presser Scholar, and the recipient of numerous other musical honors, his stylistic versatility has resulted in concert appearances both nationally and internationally.

Upcoming highlights of the 2016-2017 season include appearances with the Cincinnati Song Initiative, Music for All Seasons (Cincinnati), and a song recital in Ithaca, NY with vocalists Carl Johengen, Jennifer Kay, Dawn Pierce, Ivy Walz, and Marc Webster.  Additionally, Martin will serve as coach and répétiteur for Cincinnati Chamber Opera's production of Manuel de Falla's La vida breve.  In the recent past, he has served on the coaching staffs of the International Performing Arts Institute (Bavaria, Germany), the Opera Company of Middlebury (VT), and the CCM Summer Opera Studio (Cincinnati).

A strong proponent of new music, Martin has been directly involved in the premieres of works by numerous composers, including Sally Lamb McCune, Matthew Recio, R. Aaron Walters, Josh Oxford, and Christopher A. Sforza.  In the realm of theater, he has served as music director for the premieres of two new musicals: Beautiful Dreamer: The Stephen Foster Musical by David Newman, and The Teddy Bear Awards by Peter Schmidt.  Additionally, he had the distinct pleasure of serving as rehearsal and performance pianist for the world premiere of Dana Wilson's opera The Wolf By the Ears.

A native of New York, Martin holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College.  His past appearances in master classes are extensive, having performed for such artists as Nedda Casei, Barbara Daniels, Margo Garrett, Jake Heggie, Christopher O’Riley, Emmanuel Plasson, Andreas Scholl, Sharon Sweet, Dawn Upshaw, and numerous others.

Board of Directors


Elena Villalón

Director of Collaborative Piano Studies, University of Cincinnati

President, Impresario Productions, LLC

Field Service Professor of Collaborative Piano & Accompanist-in-Residence, University of Cincinnati

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Cincinnati