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. At age 15, he won the 2013 National Young Performers Recorder Competition hosted by Piffaro, and at 17 he took first prize in the under 21 category of the 2014 International Mieke van Weddingen Competition in Leuven, Belgium - the first American to do so. Martin has performed and studied at various festivals and workshops, including Oberlin's Baroque Performance Institute, the Amherst Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Corso Internazionale di Musica Antica, Urbino. He has also studied and participated in masterclasses with several renowned performers, including Marion Verbruggen, Han Tol, Reine-Marie Verhagen, Saskia Coolen, Paul Leenhouts, Heiko ter Schegget, Dorothee Oberlinger, Michael Schneider, Pierre Hamon, and the Flanders Recorder Quartet. Martin performs regularly with several ensembles, and also works to expose students to early music and the recorder, teaching privately and working 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. In addition to recorder, Martin studies Baroque Bassoon with Andrew Schwartz.
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).