Hailed by the San Diego Union-Tribune for playing “with passion and impeccable technique,” Venezuelan violist Abraham Martín won his position with the San Diego Symphony at age 22. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Mr. Martín’s teachers include Assistant Principal Viola of the Boston Symphony Cathy Basrak and James Dunham from the Cleveland String Quartet. Additionally, he completed orchestral studies with Joan DerHovsepian, Associate Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. During his time at NEC, Mr. Martín acted as Principal Viola and was a member of the prestigious NEC Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Martín is a founding member of the newly formed Artonic Quartet and has received coaching from the Borromeo String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet and members of the Cleveland Quartet. He has played as a soloist with Arcos Juveniles de Caracas and Virtuosi De Caracas. He was invited to play in the 42nd International Viola Congress organized by the British Viola Society.
Abraham Martín has attended fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and Texas Music Festival. He has worked with renowned conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, David Loebel, Robert Spano and Leonard Slatkin. He has served as Principal Viola with Hugh Wolff, Thomas Ades, Cristian Macelaru, Mei-Ann Chen and Ulyses Ascanio. Mr. Martín plays on a 1988 Helmuth Keller Viola and a gold Siefried Bow generously on loan from The Maestro Foundation.