Luca Martin (*1962) is a composer and an opera singer, and he has devoted himself intensively to his compositional work since 2009. His most recent work, “Four Songs” for mezzo-soprano and piano, premiered in Zurich in 2020 and he is working on a version of these songs for chamber orchestra.
In recent years, he has received awards for his work. For example, in 2014 he won the first prize for his choral piece “nihil” at the composition competition Styria Cantat, and its premiere took place in Graz in 2015. In 2017, Luca Martin's four orchestral pieces, “death dances4all”, were in the finale of the first Basel Composition Competition and premiered by the Kammerorchester Basel under the direction of Frank Ollu in Basel.
Other works which have premiered include his secular Mass, entitled, “Missa de homine”, for soli, choir and orchestra, by Cantate Basel, premiered in Basel in 2016 and his piece "[pi:ps] diary" (excerpts from the diaries of Samuel Pepys), for baritone, mezzo-soprano, solo violin and orchestra was commissioned and premiered by the Bergische Symphoniker in Solingen and Remscheid in 2019.
Luca Martin has also won sponsorship from the Aargauer Kuratorium, first in 2012 to enable him to take up a residency in London and in 2017 to support his compositional work.
In addition to having studied violin, music theory and composition at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, Luca Martin attended masterclasses with Luciano Berio, Vinko Globokar, Guy Rebel (IRCAM / Paris), and Dieter Ammann. Since 2016, Luca has been studying regularly with Dieter Ammann.
Before pursuing a career as an opera singer, Luca Martin had studied singing at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. In 1994 he made his debut at the Oper Köln. From 1995 he was a member of the Theater Bielefeld for several years. He guested at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Staatstheater Kassel and the Opernhaus Zürich, 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.