Luca Martin (*1962) was born in Basel where he first studied violin with Alexander Zöldy and, later on, composition and musical theory with Jacques Wildberger and Thomas Kessler at the Hochschule für Musik Basel. He has joined master classes with Luciano Berio, Vinko Globokar, and he attended a master class with the Swiss composer Dieter Ammann in 2016.
First compositions emerged during his studies, for example the “Meditation für Violine solo” which he developed at the Elektronisches Studio Basel with the composer Guy Rebel (IRCAM/Paris).
After further studies in singing at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, which he completed with the Künstlerische Reifeprüfung, Luca Martin pursued first a career as an opera singer.
In 1993 he was finalist in the international singing contest “Neue Stimmen” by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He made his debut 1994 at the Oper Köln in Verdi’s opera “Macbeth”.
He performed as a guest soloist at the Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf), Oper der Stadt Köln, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater Bielefeld, Theater Dortmund, Staatstheater Mainz, Staatstheater Kassel, among others.
A range of radio recordings, radio broadcast, TV and CD productions document his singing career. Luca Martin performed under conductors such as Michelangelo Veltri, James Conlon, Philippe Auguin, John Fiore, Francesco Corti, Jonathan Seers, Martin Fischer-Dieskau, Claus Peter Flor und Hubert Soudant.
Since 2009, beside his career as an opera and concert singer, Luca Martin has been dedicating his creative energy intensively to composing. In 2009 three preliminary studies to the opera “Passion Jo”, commissioned by the Fachausschuss Basel/Baselland, were first performed at the Ackermannshof Basel.
The Aargauer Kuratorium has awarded Luca Martin with a scholarship and a six-month stay at the artist’s studio of the Aargauer Kuratorium in London.
In 2014 he won the first prize for his work “nihil”, written for a cappella choir, at the composition competition Styria Cantat in Austria. The award-winning work was first performed in February 2015 in the Stefaniensaal Graz and was broadcasted by the ORF.
In May 2016 his secular mass, entitled “Missa de homine”, for soloists, choir and orchestra was first performed by Cantate Basel in the Martinskirche Basel.
His four orchestral pieces, entitled “death dances4all”, were in the final of the first international Basel Composition Competition and were first performed in Basel by the chamber orchestra Basel in February 2017 conducted by Frank Ollu.