Currently enjoying her 10th season as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's keyboardist, Joanne Pearce Martin performs with the orchestra on multiple keyboard instruments including the celesta, various synthesizers, and occasionally a Mac computer, in addition to the ubiquitous piano.
Born in Allentown, PA, Martin performs all over the world as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. With the LA Phil, she has made numerous solo appearances on piano, harpsichord, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, appearing with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Adams, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. She is also a frequent soloist with the LA Phil during the summer Hollywood Bowl seasons. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she has been guest soloist with many other orchestras in the U.S and abroad, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Florida West Coast Symphony, and England's Huddersfield Philharmonic. In great demand as a collaborative artist, she has performed with such artists as Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Iona Brown, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, and Joseph Silverstein, among others.
Martin has performed at dozens of summer music festivals and concert series spanning four continents, including those in Aspen, Sarasota, Park City, Utah, New York's 92nd St. Y, Carnegie Recital Hall, Lincoln Center Library, Kennedy Center, Costa Rica, Australia, Taiwan, Edinburgh, Cologne, and Nice. Southern California audiences have followed her performances of new music and "standards" for years with the LA Phil's Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Series, Camerata Pacifica, Pacific Serenades, Dilijan, South Bay Chamber Music Society, Ojai, Mainly Mozart, and San Louis Obispo Mozart Festivals.
In the 2010/11 season Joanne and her husband Gavin Martin continue to concertize as a 2-piano team on both U.S. coasts. She has also performed multiple-piano works with Emmanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Helene Grimaud, and Jeffrey Kahane. Her playing has been described by the Los Angeles Times as possessing "unusual fervor and fluency" and "stirring virtuosity." She has performed on all the major U.S. television networks and recorded commercially for Centaur, Summit, and Albany records, as well as the Yamaha Disklavier Piano. Martin has also been the subject of a half-hour feature on The Learning Channel. Her solo CD, entitled Joanne Pearce Martin, Barefoot, was recently released on Yarlung Records to critical acclaim. Martin's playing of Beethoven's Triple Concerto can be heard on the soundtrack of DreamWorks' The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx. Her newest and certainly freshest musical adventure is playing the Theremin - she has performed and recorded on her Moog "Etherwave Pro."
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.