Martin began his musical instruction at the age of five, with local teacher Peggy Hooper. In 2006 Martin made his first concert appearance in Nottingham a performance of Beethoven’s challenging ‘Waldstien’ Sonata. Since then he has performed regularly as a soloist across the UK, and has been invited to perform in Nottingham’s Albert Hall on three occasions as a representative of the City. Last year, he has established himself internationally with a French chamber recital in Cape Town, South Africa.
Other notable performances include Mozart’s piano concerto no. 12 with Nottingham’s own Sarabande Chamber Ensemble, and Grieg’s piano concerto in A with the Djanogly Community Orchestra.
After being offered placements to study around the UK, Martin began a Bachelors of Music Performance degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM). During his studies he received one-on-one coaching and master classes from Nelson Goerner, Michel Beroff, forte piano specialist Stefano Fiuzzi, Phillippe Cassard and Aleksandra Zvirblyte. Martin is also a keen chamber musician, and has performed on many occasions within a variety of ensembles, as well as receiving coaching from both the Talich and Endlellion string quartets.
Martin completed his Bachelors last year with first degree marks in all performance modules. Following a concert appearance in July 2010, Martin was invited to perform in front of the Major of Nottingham as well as Sir Harry Djanogly, who then set up a sponsorship arrangement to allow Martin to undertake a two year masters course at the RNCM.
Martin studies under principle study tutor Sally Ann Macleod, who has mentored him for the last four years.
In June 2012 Martin premiered his new show ‘Debussy and Ravel: Earth and Water, a conversation at the piano with Martin Jacoby’. The show will feature many of the composers master works, set in the dramatic surroundings of Petersham Nurseries, Martin ‘delves into the world of post romantic French pianism; an introspective journey into the minds of two of the most influential composers of our time’. In November 2012 Martin gave a concert for the benefit of Talent Unlimited at Steinway Hall, London, playing a mixture of pieces by Debussy and Ravel.
Further highlights this year and next include, performances at the Bridgewater Hall for the Reflections on Debussy festival, Mozart’s ‘Coronation’ concerto with the Trent Academy of Strings, Chopin piano concerto no. 1 with the Alderly Egde orchestra, a solo recital at the Nottingham concert hall lunch time series, and a violin piano recital with Hannah Roper at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester 2013.