Peter Martin - Percussion

Peter Martin is a percussionist specializing in chamber and solo repertoire. As a member of the critically acclaimed ensemble Third Coast Percussion, his performances have been hailed as “vibrant” and “superb” by the New Yorker and “commandingly elegant” by the New York Times. As a collaborative musician, Peter Martin has performed with many leading new music ensembles across the country including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and Ensemble Signal. Performance highlights include the Jeju Summer Music Festival of Korea, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and the National Gallery of Art (DC), the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Celebrity Series’ Stave Sessions (MA), the Bravo Vail Valley Festival (CO), Big Arts (FL), and the Austin Chamber Music Festival (TX).  His recorded work can be heard on the labels New Focus, New Amsterdam, Harmonia Mundi, and Cedille Records.

Peter was an Assistant Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA from 2009-2013. Along with Third Coast Percussion, Peter is currently an artist in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. A passionate educator at all levels, he has worked with the Urban Gateways and Young Audiences organizations in presenting engagement programs to communities and public schools across the U.S.

As an artist and educator, Peter is interested in intersections between music and other disciplines. He has been fortunate to collaborate with other performing artists including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and video artists Luftwerk.  His collaborative work with professionals in engineering and the sciences have led to the development of new STEAM engagement programs for K-12 students.

Peter holds degrees from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music (DM, MM), and  Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (BM).  Peter is an artist/endorser for Vic Firth, Zildjian Cymbals, and Pearl/Adams Musical Instruments.