Guest Artist Recital:
Martin David Jones, piano
Program to include jazz oriented compositions by Friedrich Gulda and Andre Previn, among other selections
Martin David Jones, pianist, has been a featured performer in recital and with orchestra throughout the United States. His appearances at major musical centers include Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and Gindi Auditorium in Los Angeles. Jones has performed extensively in Washington, D.C. including solo recitals at the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection. Mr. Jones has been soloist with the Augusta Symphony, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony, the Columbia Orchestra of Maryland, the Gwinnett Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. Other performances and engagements include the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Schubert Club in Minneapolis, and the Elvehjem Museum in Madison. His compact disc, the Piano Music of André Previn, was released on the Centaur Records label. It was described as a disc that “fans of Previn the composer won’t want to miss” by ClassicsToday.com, and “pianistically flawless” by Fono Forum. His compact, the Piano Music of Friedrich Gulda (on the Naxos label) will be released in the coming months.
Jones has received critical acclaim for his concerts. The Indianapolis News described him as having "absolutely knocked the socks off Balakirev's `Islamey' widely considered one of the most difficult works ever written for the piano." And the Washington Post called his “technique meticulous, his musicianship powerful and his inclinations poetic.” Competitive recognition has been equally enthusiastic. Jones has been the recipient of the Yamaha prize at the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition. Jones' concerts have shown a commitment to music of our time. Included among his contemporary music performances are the world premieres of The Prayer of St. Francis by Libby Larsen, Largo for Solo Piano by Michael Nathaniel Hersch, and the Washington premiere of China Gates by John Adams.
Jones is a very active collaborative artist. He has performed with ensembles including the Artaria Quartet of Boston, the Megellan String Quartet, and the Vega Quartet. He and his duo partner, Clara Park, have performed four-hand and two-piano concerts throughout the United States and have been performed with orchestra in concertos of Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saens, and Poulenc.
Jones is also active as both a conductor and composer. From 2005-2017 he was Music Director and Conductor of the Augusta University Orchestra. As a composer, his compositions have been performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Convention, the Georgia Music Teachers Association Convention (where he was the 2005 commissioned composer), and by jazz great Wycliffe Gordon.
Jones studied with Dr. Charles Fierro while earning his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from California State University, Northridge. He also has Master and Doctoral degrees in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition to Dr. Fierro, he has studied with Julian Martin, Paul Schenly, and Earle Voorhies. Jones is currently Professor of Music at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia where he teaches piano, music theory and composition.
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. -- Doors open at 7 p.m.
Cypress Recital Hall