Martin Lass trained at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, from the “Con High” and into the Bachelor of Music program. He studied violin with Robert Pikler, John Gould, and Lim Kek Tjiang (who is featured in the iconic book series, “The Way They Play,” as one of the world’s great violin teachers with direct lineage to violin legends Jacques Thibaud and George Enescu).
Martin was a foundation member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for 4 years; he was Associate Principal Second Violin in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra for 2 years; and he has played regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra over a period of 20 years.
Martin Lass is an extremely accomplished teacher in high demand. He was Head of String Music at St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill for several years and is currently acting Head of Strings at Cranbrook School in Bellevue Hill. He conducted a regular Australia-wide Master Class Series for schools for over 10 years, and was Artist in Residence at the Australian International Fiddle Festival for two separate years. He also had an ongoing association with the Suzuki Talent Association, featuring many Suzuki students in his own concerts. Martin Lass is well versed in both A.M.E.B. and Trinity College syllabuses, as well as offering his own Advanced Violin Studies Program for the more serious student, which draws upon everything that he has learned and taught over a lifetime in music.
As a solo performer, Mr. Lass has played across the globe, from Sydney to New York to London and beyond, performing alongside the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Yehudi Menuhin, Julio Iglesias, Olivia Newton John and more, both in the classical and popular fields. He has numerous awards to his name including Australian Variety Club Showman of the Year and the “Mo Award” for Australia’s Best Instrumentalist 7 years in a row, and was honoured to perform in three concerts for the Royal Family. He has produced 10 CD recordings with music ranging from classical to gypsy to love songs to Broadway to his own original compositions, resulting in a “Gold Album” and an ARIA award nomination.
These details were last updated on July 25, 2013