Cellist Gabriel Martins (b. 1998) has established himself as one of the world’s most compelling young artists, with a deep commitment to the timeless masterpieces of classical music. His artistry has already been recognized through an extensive list of accolades including the Concert Artists Guild – Young Classical Artists Trust Grand Prize, the Sphinx Competition Gold Medal, the David Popper International Cello Competition Gold Medal, the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians Silver Medal, the Schadt String Competition Gold Medal, the Orford Music Award, and the Prague Spring Czech Music Fund Prize. These successes have led to a number of high-profile debuts including Wigmore, Carnegie, and Merkin Halls, 92nd Street Y, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Maison Symphonique in Montréal, and the Arkansas, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, New Russian State, Pacific, and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras. The Strad Magazine declared his New York City recital debut to be "flawlessly played" and "a deeply moving experience".
Having been lauded for his "rich, warm" and "mesmerizing" sound, Martins carries a concerto repertoire spanning practically every major work. His current season includes those by Dvořák, Elgar, Haydn, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Villa-Lobos. In recital, his critically-acclaimed performances of the Bach Cello Suites have garnered particular recognition. In 2022, Martins debuted his first complete Beethoven Cycle, performing and recording all of the works for Cello and Piano with Audrey Vardanega. In addition to his commitment to the great classics of the cello repertoire, Martins composes his own works and arranges many others. His “Songs of Solitude” received their World Premiere in the spring of 2021 in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library, and his new cello arrangements of Bach’s Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas have received high acclaim and a feature in The Strad Magazine. Martins’ performances have been broadcast on NPR, WQXR, KUSC, WFMT, and more. He is also a passionate educator, having served as a teaching assistant both at the IU Jacobs School of Music and the USC Thornton School of Music, and now teaching privately and giving a number of masterclasses.
Born of American and Brazilian heritage, Martins grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. He began playing the cello when he was five, studying with Susan Moses at the Indiana University String Academy. He went on to receive his B.M. as a Presidential Scholar at the USC Thornton School of Music with Ralph Kirshbaum. In his freshman year at USC, he won the school’s concerto competition as well as its Bach competition. He received his M.M. at the New England Conservatory of Music with Laurence Lesser. His festival appearances include Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, where he toured with Miriam Fried, and the Aspen Music Festival, where he won the concerto competition. He now resides in South Carolina with his partner, violinist Geneva Lewis. He plays on a composite Francesco Ruggieri cello made in Cremona, c. 1690 and a François Nicolas Voirin bow made in Paris, c. 1880.
Martins is represented worldwide by Opus 3 Artist Management.