Samuel
Martin


Cincinnati Song Initiative

Founding Artistic Director

Pianist Samuel Martin is a dynamic artist in demand in a wide range of musical settings. As an entrepreneur and administrator, he is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Song Initiative, an award-winning concert series dedicated to the promotion and innovation of art song.

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Current Position(s)
Cincinnati Song Initiative
Cincinnati, OH
Founding Artistic Director

2016

Oversee and manage all aspects of artistic and business planning, including programming, hiring, grant-writing, and audience development.
Previous Experience
Cincinnati Song Initiative Founding Artistic Director

About Samuel



Pianist Samuel Martin is a dynamic artist in demand as a partner for recital, chamber, choral, orchestral, opera, and musical theater performances. A Presser Scholar, and the recipient of numerous other musical honors, his stylistic versatility has resulted in concert appearances both nationally and internationally. As an entrepreneur and administrator, he is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Song Initiative, an award-winning nonprofit concert series dedicated to the promotion and innovation of art song.

Recent performances have taken Martin to Germany, México, and throughout the United States. He has served on the musical coaching staffs of Rice University, Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco, Opera in the Heights (Houston), Cincinnati Chamber Opera, the International Performing Arts Institute (Bavaria, Germany), the Opera Company of Middlebury, and the CCM Summer Opera Studio (Cincinnati).

A native of New York, Martin holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College. His training was enhanced as a Fellow of the 2019 Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, a program devoted to the intense study and performance of contemporary American art song, led by luminaries Stephanie Blythe and Alan Louis Smith.

About Cincinnati Song Initiative

Cincinnati Song Initiative was founded to bring a concentrated and cohesive source of art song to the greater Cincinnati area. Dedicated to providing unique experiences through the power of music and text, each performance creates a sense of relevance and active engagement between performers and audiences.