Ann Martin-Davis


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Ann Martin-Davis’ passion for contemporary art crosses all genres and this has led to a career in pursuit of new and attractive ways of presenting solo piano and chamber repertoire.

Her innovative programmes have ‘reinvigorated chamber music’ (The Times) and her work in this area was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when Sound Bites was nominated alongside Glyndebourne Opera and BCMG for the prestigious Audience Development Award.

Her experience in the world of chamber music is wide and various; Ann has performed twentieth century and contemporary repertoire throughout all five continents and she has curated concerts for numerous distinguished venues. Ann makes regular broadcasts on BBC Radio and her project Cycles, a contemporary reworking of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben by poet Sophie Hannah and composer Gabriel Jackson for her duo with mezzo-soprano Susan Legg, toured over thirty arts festivals throughout the UK. Last year’s highlights included the premiere of L’Art de Toucher, a programme of French solo piano and harpsichord music, with gramophone award nominee Sophie Yates at The Lichfield Festival.

Ann studied with Phyllis Sellick at the Royal College of Music and in her penultimate year she won the College's premier piano prize, the Chappell Gold Medal. A series of awards led to a South Bank debut at the Purcell Room and she subsequently won scholarships to study with Arie Vardi in Hanover and Gyorgy Sebok at the Banff Centre in Canada.

It was at this time that Ann played to the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski and her disc of his solo piano and chamber works received international acclaim. The disc, described as ‘beautiful and exquisite’ by BBC Music Magazine is to be re-released on the Nimbus label next year.

Future plans include a tour of extreme locations through Europe, America, South America (Mexico City, Los Alamos, Caracas) South East Asia and New Zealand (for the festival 'Erupt' on a live volcano) with her latest programme Landscape.