After completing his North American Tour of Quidam in 1997, which he originated with Cirque du Soleil in 1996, Martin St-Pierre has continued to be recognized as a front man for improvised violin in the Classical, World Music, and Jazz communities. Having extensive knowledge of North Indian Classical Music and traditional Chinese Music, Martin can read and play traditional scores in both the aforementioned musical languages. Martin received his Bachelor and Master degree in Music Performance from Montreal University. As a violin player, Martin has performed with multiple orchestras including the world renowned Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and I Musici. Martin was also the spokesperson for Yamahas Electric Violin.
As a composer and arranger, Martin has a vast array of styles that he has completed for multiple projects. He has composed music for several theater companies including the famous Theatre Du Nouveau Monde for a Goldoni play. Martin was commissioned by Cirque Du Soleil to orchestrate for full orchestra a performance of which he then also conducted for Canadas prestigious Governor Generals Awards in 1997. Martin wrote, arranged and produced the album IL for acclaimed Canadian singer Isabelle Lehoux. Martin scored several Short film and animated movie and he was one of the 8 finalist for the 2005 Sundance composer Lab. He also work for Christopher Young (Ghost Rider, Spider-Man 3) as a score coordinator and Orchestrator. Martin is also an accomplished orchestra conductor having studied at the highly prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Orchestra Conducting in Maine. He conducted the distinguished Orchestre Symphonique de Jeunes Philippe-Filion from 1994-2001 and was requested to represent Quebec in Ottawa at the National Orchestra Festival, of which only 6 Orchestras of Canada were invited to participate. Martin took a sabbatical from the Orchestra to tour with Cirque Du Soleil from 1996-1997. Martin continues to write and score music for many Circus Acts. Martin's unique approach to scoring enhances the artists choreography and defines their movements.
More Recently he did the orchestration and orchestral programing for Le Rêve, the latest Creation of Cirque Du Soleil Director Franco Dragone. He also won the 2006 Composer Lab Fellowship at Sundance. More recently, he was asked by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nail to write string arrangements and performed with him for Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concerts. Martin currently perform in Cirque Du Soleil "Mystere" in Las Vegas.
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