A native of the Philadelphia area, SSG Robert Martin began violin studies at age three with Rochelle Walton, a former teaching assistant to famed pedagogue Ivan Galamian. He later studied with Julian Meyer and Sylvia Davis Ahramjian at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians, and at age 13, having won the Albert M. Greenfield Compettion, made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He continued his studies with Zvi Zeitlin at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music where he served as Concertmaster for the Eastman Philharmonia and performed regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to his duties with the U.S. Army Strings, SSG Martin serves as Concertmaster for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown, MD. Previously, he was Principal 2nd Violin with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. His extensive experience includes performances with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Orchestra 2001, and the Haddonfield (NJ), Lancaster (PA), Princeton (NJ), and Delaware symphonies, as well as studio recordings for Warner Brothers Pictures, NFL Films, and the Sony, Atlantic, RCA, Island/Def Jam, Motown, Jive, Fo Yo Soul, and Geffen record labels.