In the media - Martin is stepping down from TSO

27 August 2010

Alumnus Steve Martin is stepping down as principal double bass for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra after 33 years.

After completing studies at The Con, Martin toured the US with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and performed with them for four years before taking on the role of principal double bass with Orchestra Victoria.

The Hobart Mercury reports that during his stint with the TSO, Martin took time out to have lessons with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra principal double bass Barry Green, and joined his International Bass Quintet for the First International Bass Competition on the Isle of Mann.

In 1980, Martin further developed his skills through post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School in London, where he also performed. His touring with the TSO included Greece, Israel, South Korea, Indonesia, the US and Canada, as well as Tasmania with international soloists.

Performing with the Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players included a concert 1km underground in the Mt Lyell mine, and a recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which went to No 1 on ABC Classical music sales and won an ARIA award for best classical recording.

``While I've loved working in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and will dearly miss playing in a `big band', I'm looking forward to new adventures with Virtuosi Tasmania, getting back to my jazz roots, and enjoying my other passions of fly fishing for trout and bushwalking in the wonderful Tasmanian wilderness,'' Martin said.

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