Martin Robertson studied at the Royal College of Music with Stephen Trier and John McCaw, winning several woodwind prizes, including the Boosey & Hawkes Woodwind Prize. He made his recital debut at the Purcell Room in 1986. Numerous BBC Radio 3 recitals have included two concerts for the ‘New Waves’ series, featuring the composers Mark Anthony Turnage and Gavin Bryars, and recitals with Tony Gray at the Tate Gallery, London. Robertson was the soloist for Turnage's saxophone concerto, Your Rockaby, premiered at the Royal Festival Hall in 1994 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis. Your Rockaby has since been performed by Robertson in Glasgow and in the1996 Prom season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with the English Northern Philharmonia, with the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the USA. It was also the featured work in the BBC TV series The British Century – Turnage.
In 1996, Martin was a soloist in the premiere and European tour of Turnage's Blood on the Floor, with John Scofield, Peter Erskine and the Ensemble Modern. Subsequent performances have been with the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Avanti! ensemble in Finland, a tour in Britain with the Ensemble Modern, with the CBSO and Sir Simon Rattle in Birmingham, London and Vienna, in the Spring 2000, at the Ojai Festival, California with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tampere Philharmonic, Finland, the Berlin Philharmonic with Rattle, and the Remix Ensemble in Portugal. Robertson performed several works at the Turnage Season at the Barbican in 2003. In 1995, he was featured soloist with the London Philharmonic in Bernard Herrmann's Taxi Driver Suite, given as part of the Meltdown Festival, and in 1999 he recorded the same work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He regularly performs the standard classical saxophone works, Glazunov Concerto, Villa Lobos Fantasia and Milhaud's Scaramouche with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, ASMIF, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Martin Robertson frequently works on film and television soundtracks, and credits include Stephen Warbeck's Mrs Brown, as taragato soloist, clarinet soloist in Shakespeare in Love, Quills, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Billy Elliott and Charlote Gray.
Most recently, as a specialist in middle-eastern wind instruments, Martin recorded music for the feature films Long Time Dead, Birthday Girl, Crush and Mickey Blue Eyes, as well as the TV film Lorna Doon. Robertson also produced and was featured on Turnage's TV Opera Killing Time. Over 55 recordings include Turnage's Greek and Your Rockaby, Blood on the Floor (Decca), Sarabande and On all Fours (NMC), solo Turnage pieces with the Nash Ensemble (Black Box) and Frank Martin's Ballade (Chandos). Martin Robertson has taken part in many education workshops for the London Philharmonic and the Glyndebourne Education Department, and teaches at the Royal College of Music.
Faculties / departments: Woodwind