Venezuelan violist Abraham Martín has studied at the New England Conservatory and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Mr. Martín’s teachers include Assistant Principal Viola of the BSO, Cathy Basrak and James Dunham from the Cleveland String Quartet. During his time at NEC, Mr. Martín acted as Principal Viola in multiple occasions and was a member of the prestigious NEC Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber music player, Mr. Martín has received training from the Borromeo String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Merry Peckham 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. Mr. Martín has attended the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and the 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.
Abraham Martín plays on a 1988 Helmuth Keller Viola and a gold Siefried Bow generously on loan from The Maestro Foundation. He joined the viola section of the San Diego Symphony after winning his audition in 2020.