Since studying at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music with John White, Martin Outram has enjoyed a wide ranging career as quartet player, soloist and teacher.
In addition to his work with the Maggini Quartet, Martin appears frequently as a soloist. His programmes often include rarely heard pieces, particularly by British composers. Works written for him include concertos by Adam Gorb and David Gow. Since his concerto debut with the London Mozart Players, notable solo appearances have included the broadcast premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Strathclyde Concerto No.5, the first performance of Britten’s Portrait No.2 in London and on tour with Sinfonia 21 in Russia. Martin gave the first European performance for seventy-five years of York Bowen’s Viola Concerto, with the New London Orchestra. He has played the Britten Lachrymae with the Britten Sinfonia and toured Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Other acclaimed performances include the Bartok Concerto and the world premiere of Stuart MacRae's 'Equilibrium'.
Martin has performed in recital with Julian Rolton thoughout the UK and they have recorded for Naxos and Nimbus. Their recording of music by Bax received five stars in BBC Music Magazine and discs of English Viola Sonatas, Bridge and Britten have also received outstanding praise internationally.
Martin Outram is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, and Honorary Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University and Brunel University, and has given numerous masterclasses at home and abroad. He plays a viola made by Henricus Catenar in Turin in 1680.
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