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Sigmar Martin, violin

Sigmar, born in Manitoba, began music studies at an early age. He took piano lessons with his mother Lilja, and violin lessons with his uncle Johaness Palsson. At Brandon University he studied with Albert Pratz and Francis Chaplin. Sigmar later moved to London, Ontario where he joined Orchestra London and continued solo and chamber music studies at the University of Western Ontario and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Sigmar has been Principal Second Violinist of Orchestra London since 1981, and performs frequently with them as a soloist. In 2003-4, he was a member of the Winnipeg Symphony. Sigmar has freelanced with the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra and was Concert Master of the International Symphony Orchestra in Sarnia/Port Huron 2000-2006. He is currently the Concert Master for the Stratford Civic Orchestra. In Winnipeg he performs in the Toba Trio with his son, French Hornist Todd Martin and Pianist Shannon Heibert.

Pursuing a keen interest in Jazz, Sigmar is a member The Hot Club of London, and in Winnipeg performs in Trio with Ron Halldorson and Steve Kirby. His jazz playing is reminiscent of Stephane Grapelli. In May, 2004, he performed his program "Jazz to Gypsy" with Orchestra London and will be featured again together with Kelvin Enns on January 27-28 "The Fidlin Cats".

As a member of Orchestra London, Sigmar has worked behind the scenes to develop a strong community outreach component. This has lead to extra funding and support from all areas including the City of London, the Trillium Foundation, and many local sponsors and donors. He has also performed with a variety of ensembles throughout London and area schools creating awareness and knowledge of the many facets of music.


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