Les Martin, Piano (Suzuki Academy)
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Leslie Martin is adjunct professor of organ, harpsichord, and piano proficiency at Seattle Pacific University. He is also a faculty member at Music Center of the Northwest, where he teaches Suzuki piano; and at the Academy of Music Northwest, where he is a co-leader of the academy's Early Music Ensemble. His registered Suzuki training includes: Every Child Can!, Piano Book 1, Piano Book 2, From Sound to Symbol: A Natural Approach to Music Reading in Piano Book 1, From Known to Unknown: A Natural Approach to Music Reading in Piano Book 2. He has performed organ recitals in many European cities, and has appeared as featured recitalist at European music festivals such as the Stagione Concertistica Internazionale d'Organo in Lecce (2001 and 2009); the Accademia Organistica Elpidiense in Sant' Elpidio a Mare, and the prestigious Festival International de l'Orgue Ancien, in Sion, Switzerland (1995 and 2007). He holds masters degrees in both organ performance and choral conducting from the University of Oregon, where he graduated as a Pi Kappa Lambda scholar. He has appeared as guest conductor, organist and harpsichordist with many Seattle-based orchestras including Philharmonia Northwest, Thalia Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. He was principal harpsichordist with Seattle's renowned Northwest Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Silverstein, and continues to be in demand as a continuo player, appearing with ensembles such as Choral Arts and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Music Center Programs:
Suzuki Academy (Piano)
Traditional Music Lessons (Piano)