In addition to her piano performing and producing work, Ann currently coaches undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students at the University of Oxford and gifted young students at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.
Her students have won the EPTA UK Competition, the Oxford Philomusica Concerto Competition and have enjoyed successes in the BBC Young Musician of the Year, the CIPC Young Artists Competition, Cleveland and scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate study to leading conservatoires and universities both here and abroad.
She is also much in demand as an adjudicator and public speaker and has been described as a compelling ambassador for classical music.
'A distinguished scholar and pianist'
Ann Martin-Davis studied the piano at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick, where she won the College's premier piano prize, the Chappell Gold Medal. A series of awards led to a South Bank debut at the Purcell Room and she subsequently won scholarships to study with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule fur Musik, Hannover and Gyorgy Sebok at the Banff Centre in Canada.
It was at this time that Ann played to the polish composer Witold Lutoslawski and her disc of his solo piano and chamber works was described as ‘beautiful and exquisite’ by BBC Music Magazine.
Her most recent research has resulted in an acclaimed recording for Nimbus with her duo-partner, mezzo-soprano Susan Legg of works by hitherto unknown British composer Peter Pope. Ann has also recorded for film, including works by Ravel for Exhibition on the Screen's documentary about Renoir.
Ann gives recitals as a soloist and chamber musician and tours internationally with her acclaimed productions.
'Ann Martin-Davis' playing shines with brilliance’
BBC Music Magazine
Ann Martin-Davis’ love of 20th century and contemporary art crosses all genres and this has led to a career in pursuit of new and appealing ways of presenting solo piano and chamber music.
Her innovative programmes have ‘reinvigorated chamber music’ (The Times) and her work in this area was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when 'Sound Bites' was nominated alongside Glyndebourne Opera and BCMG for the prestigious Audience Development Award.
Her reputation in the world of chamber music is wide and various; she has curated concerts at numerous venues and has performed twentieth century and contemporary repertoire throughout the world. All of her programmes involve newly commissioned plastic art, literature or music. Her most recent cross-genre programme, Mr James’ Garden toured throughout Mexico and the UK.
'Musical Highlight of the Week'
Musician: Ann Martin-Davis
Photocredits: Barry Mak and Angloarts