SSG Robert Martin is Concertmaster of the U.S. Army Orchestra. He began 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. At age 13 Martin made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of the Albert M. Greenfield competition. He went on to study with Zvi Zeitlin at the Eastman School of Music where he served as Concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia and performed regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a resident artist at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and at the Bravo! Vail Valley, Skaneateles, and Vermont Mozart festivals.
A member of the U.S. Army Strings since 2011, Martin has performed at numerous high level diplomatic, political, and military events in Washington, D.C. He serves concurrently as Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra where he has appeared many times as soloist, and previously served as Principal 2nd Violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Martin’s extensive and diverse experience includes performances with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as studio recordings for Warner Bros. Pictures, NFL Films, and the Sony, Atlantic, RCA, Island/Def Jam, Jive, and Geffen record labels. Martin currently resides in Laurel, MD with his wife, Mu Na, also a
violinist, and their son Nathan.