- DUO Violoncelle Piano
- DUO 4 mains
- LES CHORÉGIENS
- Tribute Queen
Jeff Martin grew up surrounded by music. At the age of 3, his father gave him his first piano and music theory lessons and opened him up to several music genres.
Soon, he detected his child’s gift for music. «He was born in the hospital with such a sweet music in the background – I’m sure that music was beneficial to him when he came into the world,» said his father.
At 15, he discovered the sound of piano under Arturo Benedetti Michelangelli’s fingers, who played the Concerto in G Major from Ravel, conducted by Sergio Celibidache.
Then, the pianists Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett will mark him forever, as well as Miles Davis.
Jeff then decided to devote himself to music, and in 1998, in Montpellier, he entered the Music Conservatory in Suzan Campbell’s piano class. He graduated in 2005 with 3 piano prizes : classical music, chamber music and music theory.
He met prestigious musicians and teachers such as Bruno Rigutto, Pascal Devoyon, Hugues Leclerc, Rikako Murata and Jacques Rouvier.
Jeff would eventually find a passion close to that of classical music : “improvisation“, and in 2006 he entered the Music Conservatory in Perpignan, in Serge Lazarevitch’s Jazz Band class and Philippe Coromp’s piano class .
In just one year, he got a Jazz first prize.
He then went to New York City in order to complete his studies in jazz and entered NY University. He met the professor and pianist Don Friedman, who would greet his “sound” and his “lyricism“.
Pianist of « Alabina y Los ninos de sara » (« La vérité si je mens 2 soundtrack»), he is regularly called on to play abroad.
DUO Violoncelle Piano
Already invited for many concerts, Svetlana Tovstukha and Jeff Martin offer a repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Schumann, including Bach, Schnitke, Granados, Shchedrin, Albéniz.
Picasso said: «It’s taken me all my life to learn to draw like a child».
There is a sentence that perfectly represents Svetlana Tovstukha. Daniel Shafran’s student, that artist exudes art, and at every performance drives the audience into a hypnotic state.
DUO 4 hands
In a repertoire ranging from Bach to Gershwin, Sophie Grattard and Jeff Martin never stop seeking a balance between melodies and harmonies among colors and designs.
No matter where they sit in front of the instrument, only the music guide their way.
Then the four hands become “Sound”. Friendship, complicity and sound research irremediably push them forward.
Entre discipline et esthétisme, le mystère de la musique traverse alors ces deux artistes pour nous offrir des instants salutaires.
This year, Jeff Martin accompanies the “Chorégiens” on Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.
Les Chorégiens : a choir, but also a training center consisting of an adult choir (40 singers), the vocal group “Adagio”, and a children’s choir (70 singers). Children work in maîtrisienne singing classes in middle school (St Roch and Assomption middle schools in Montpellier).
The group is directed by Michel Sotiropoulos, Choirmaster and Associate Professor of Musical Education and Choral Singing.