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. As an entrepreneur and administrator, he is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Song Initiative, a nonprofit concert series dedicated to the promotion and innovation of art song.
Martin kicks off the 2017-2018 season in his Mexican debut recital with mezzo-soprano Paulina Villarreal and baritone Sola Fadiran. Other highlights include appearances with the Cincinnati Song Initiative, as well as in numerous song recitals at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where he joins the voice department as a staff pianist in August. In the recent past, Martin has served as coach and répétiteur for Cincinnati Chamber Opera, as well as 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.