Born in 2002 to French-British parents, Thomas Martin began his cello studies at the Bern Konservatorium (Switzerland) aged 7. At this time, he also participated in numerous opera productions as a boy soprano (Stadttheater Bern, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Montepulciano Festival, and Welsh National Opera).
After four years of study with Paul Rousseau in Bordeaux, he was awarded a scholarship for the prestigious Specialist Music Programme at Wells Cathedral School (United Kingdom) to work with Richard May. Following his return to France, he entered the Paris CRR to study with Thomas Duran and was awarded his DEM diploma (Diplôme d'études musicales). In 2020, after obtaining his Scientific baccalauréat, he gained entry (on a unanimous jury decision) to the Paris CNSMD to study with Raphaël Pidoux.
He has participated in numerous masterclasses with such noted teachers as Leonid Gorokhov, Hannah Roberts, Marc Coppey, and Marcel Bardon. Passionate about chamber music, Thomas Martin has studied with Michel Michalakakos, Michaël Hentz and Philippe Bernold.
Parallel studies include the piano with Joseph Tong and Eliane Reyes (CNSMD) and harmony and counterpoint with Jacques Saint-Yves.In 2019, Thomas Martin took part in concerts with the Orléans Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marius Stieghorst. His future projects include membership of the French National Youth Orchestra (l'Orchestre Français des Jeunes) for the upcoming season, as well as masterclasses with Julian Steckel for the Wolfgang Sawallisch Foundation.
Registered program for the 50th IJMC Belgrade:
A) J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, Prelude & Sarabande
B) C. A. Piatti: Caprice for Solo Cello, op. 25, No. 4
C) Z. Kodály: Sonata for Solo Cello, op. 8, 3.mov.
A) L. van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3, op. 69, A major
B) R. Schumann: Fantasiestücke, op. 73
C) A. Vujić: ''Serbian Round Dance'' for Cello and Piano
D) N. Borenstein: Odysseus op. 87 for violoncello and piano
A) R. Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 129