For flutist Tyler Martin, the pandemic shutdown was a catalyst for rebirth; he competed in four music competitions and won or placed in them all. Martin also says that he began a paradigm shift during that time where he no longer saw himself as just a music student. He started to see himself as an artist who has a voice and has things to say.
Now, Martin is Performance Today’s newest Young Artist in Residence. And his participation in this year’s residency program came right on the heels of his recent win of the second flute and piccolo position with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. Martin already plays with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, and he subs with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He does all of this while finishing up his 2nd Master’s degree in flute performance at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. Martin has also performed internationally in countries including Spain, France, Italy, Brussels, Switzerland, and the Dominican Republic.
In addition to performing, Martin is also passionate about teaching, music advocacy, and amplifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) voices in classical music. He is an avid performer of new and contemporary music. In 2019, he was named the Engagement Director of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization as part of the inaugural class of Nova Fellows at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. While in that role, Martin produced various workshops, residencies, and outreach concerts throughout the Boston community. Martin holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University’s School of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
Martin appears in these recordings with collaborative pianist Beilin Han.
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