Director and Faculty, Bard Conservatory of Music
Robert Martin, cellist, "offers polished, vital music-making in an imaginatively conceived program," according to the Los Angeles Times. Martin, in addition to his work as conservatory director and vice president for academic affairs is also professor of philosophy and music at Bard. He is the coartistic director of the Bard Music Festival and cellist of the Bard Festival Quartet. Martin was the cellist of the Sequoia String Quartet from 1975 to 1985, during which time the ensemble made many recordings and toured internationally. He was the assistant dean of humanities at UCLA and founded and produced the Los Angeles chamber music series "Music for Mischa," presented subsequently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Martin studied cello at the Curtis Institute of Music with Leonard Rose and Orlando Cole, and liberal arts at Haverford College. He made his New York recital debut, with pianist Richard Goode, in the Young Concert Artist Series. During his doctoral studies in philosophy at Yale University, he was the principal cellist of the New Haven Symphony and cellist of the Group for Contemporary Music, then at Columbia University. After receiving his Ph.D., he pursued a dual career in music and philosophy, holding joint appointments at SUNY Buffalo and Rutgers University.