Martin is one of the most popular, versatile and successful German choir conductors and combines artistic practice and academic teaching at a high level. He teaches at the University of Stellenbosch and lives in South Africa and Germany.
During his time as Director of Music at Würzburg Cathedral (2002 – 2013), he developed the Cathedral music to one of the foremost institutions of its kind in Germany.
As a professor of choral pedagogy at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf from 2008-2013, he developed and taught modern methodical techniques for the mediation of choral music.
Martin studied in Düsseldorf and Saarbrücken and (post)graduated in church music, music education, musicology, German literature and conducting (for Professor Raimund Wippermann).
Master classes and artistic collaborations (eg. with Eric Ericson, Anders Eby, Gary Graden) introduced him to the major Scandinavian choir directors who influenced his approach to choral music in a significant way.
A particular focus of his work lies in the field of contemporary and early music. With the establishment of the “Baroque Orchestra at Würzburg Cathedral” he changed the focus of the performances at the Cathedral towards a historically informed performance practice on period instruments or replicas.
With the chamber choir which he founded at Würzburg Cathedral, he won the international choral competitions in Malta (2007) and Vienna (2008). Concert tours have taken him to almost all European countries, Australia, South Africa and the United States.
Martin is a sought after masterclass-leader, guest lecturer and adjudicator. Since April 2013 he teaches at the prestigious University of Stellenbosch in South Africa where he´s developing a new concept for the choral conducting training, and is also the Head of the newly created Unit for Early Music.