Yury Martynov is one of those rare musicians who have equally mastered the modern piano and period keyboard instruments (harpsichord, pianoforte, clavichord and organ). At the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire he studied the piano with Mikhail Voskresensky, the organ with Alexei Parshin and chamber ensemble playing with Tigran Alikhanov. Martynov also graduated from the Conservatoire Claude Debussy in Paris and the Ecole Nationale de Musique et de Danse at Bobigny, where he was taught harpsichord and basso continuo by Ilton Wjuniski.
As present associate professor at the Moscow Conservatory, he teaches in the piano department and the faculty of Historical and Modern Performing Art.
Martynov has won prizes at several international competitions: the Maria Canals (Barcelon?, 1991), Ennio Porrino (Cagliari, 1993), the Mozart Competition (Salzburg, 1999). He has participated in many prestigious festivals including Moscow's December Evenings of Svyatoslav Richter, the York Early Music Christmas Festival in the UK, the Wurzburg Mozart Festival in Germany, the Vantaa Barock Festival in Finland and the Bruges Festival Musica Antiqua in Belgium. Yury Martynov performs solo and chamber programmes and plays with various orchestras in Russia and abroad.
He has worked with outstanding conductors such as Saulius Sondeckis, Alexander Rudin, Dmitry Liss, Michiyoshi Inoue, and many others. In chamber ensembles Martynov has partnered the pianist Alexey Lubimov, cellists Natalia Gutman and Alexander Rudin, violinists Vladislav Igolinsky and Barnabas Kelemen, and tenor Peter Schreier.