Martin’s Biography

Martin Bickerton is a “remarkable” and “impressive” young English classical guitarist. He studied at Chetham’s School of music before being awarded a major entrance scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he was awarded a first class honours degree in 2011.

Martin was originally inspired, at the age of 10, by the composite lyrical and percussive qualities of the guitar. He studied with Craig Ogden, Gordon Crosskey, and later, with the generous support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, with Edoardo Catemario in Italy. He is currently undertaking further studies with Peter Cropper, formerly of the Lindsay String Quartet.

Martin has performed as a soloist at many notable and prestigious venues including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Flixton House and Killarney Cathedral. He has also performed as part of the Lake District International Summer Music Festival and has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. In 2012 Martin was invited to perform for the Queen as a part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

As a young artist, Martin has been the recipient of several awards and prizes, as well as being supported by the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme. Most recently, in 2014, he was presented with the ‘Interpretation Prize’ from the International Piñero Guitar Competition. In 2007 he recorded and performed at the World Youth Guitar Festival with the Eden-Stell Duo as part of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, and has attended summer schools in France, Germany and the UK.

Martin is a co-founding member of the Astrum Guitar Duo with whom he released his debut album, Inspirado Por España, in 2011. He has since founded the Nova Guitar Duo with Manchester contemporary guitar specialist David Bainbridge and is looking forward to releasing a solo album in late 2015. Martin plays a 2009 7 string guitar by the English luthier Stephen Hill.