Personal Summary / Bio
Martin Bernstein, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, is a junior at Hunter College High School. He is currently a student of Nina Stern, and began studying recorder at the age of 5 with Charles Sibirsky. He was named the winner of Piffaro’s National Recorder Competition in January 2013, and has since performed and studied at various festivals and workshops, including Oberlin's Baroque Performance Institute, the Amherst Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the International Baroque Institute at Longy. Martin has studied and participated in masterclasses with several renowned performers, including Marion Verbruggen, Han Tol, Reine-Marie Verhagen, Saskia Coolen, Paul Leenhouts, and the Flanders Recorder Quartet. Martin also works to expose students to early music and the recorder. He teaches privately and works with S'cool Sounds, the education program of the Gotham Early Music Scene. Martin also works with students at his high school, founding an ensemble devoted to the study and performance of baroque repertoire and incorporating period music into productions of Shakespeare's plays.
Martin has been described as "a young recorder virtuoso...whose musicality is inspiring" (Broadway World) and his playing has received praise as "exceptionally melodious" (Broad Street Review), "demonstrating a musical maturity rare for a high school sophomore" (ARS Magazine) and displaying "the technical fluency and interpretive sophistication of a seasoned, veteran musician" (Chestnut Hill Local).