Peter Martin is an ensemble member and Finance Director of Third Coast Percussion and is the principal percussionist with the contemporary music group Ensemble Dal Niente. He has been a featured artist at the Jeju Summer Music Festival of Korea, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Round Top Festival, the Soundfield Festival, the Rush Hour Concert Series, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Peter has performed with such diverse ensembles as the Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Opera Moda, the Greeley Philharmonic, New Philharmonic and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestras, and the Thodos Dance Company. He has enjoyed competition success as the first prize winner at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society Solo Marimba Competition.
Currently an Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Peter has served as an instructor at Northwestern University, Trinity International University, and the National High School Music Institute. A passionate educator at all levels, he has worked with the Urban Gateways organization, the University of Chicago’s CONNECT program, and the Young Audiences organization in presenting outreach performances to public schools across the U.S.
Peter holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University. He received his B.M. degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.