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Biography

Before Andre Rieu, Vanessa Mae, David Garrett, and all who have come after, there was Martin Lass, already having broken the mold of the usual violin soloist, crossing over from a classical background into rock classical, pop, his ancestral gypsy music, love songs, Broadway, country, jazz, and original compositions. Many have fashioned themselves in Martin’s image, but he remains the original and the best.


After classical beginnings—which included playing as principal and soloist with orchestras such as the Sydney Symphony and the world-renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra—Martin blazed onto the popular music scene after blitzing a national television talent show, thereafter winning seven consecutive “Mo Awards” for Instrumental Excellence, as well as being awarded the “Variety Club Showman of the Year” award. He has since performed with such international stars as Julio Iglesias, Luciano Pavarotti, Ronnie Corbett, Olivia Newton-John, and Joan Baez, as well as having shared his mastery at three Royal Command Performances for the British Royal family.

Martin has made more than 200 appearances on Australian Television. He is also a well-known recording artist with 10 CD recordings to his name—including a Gold Album and an Australian “Grammy” nomination—and with releases in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the USA.

After Martin relocated to New York in 2000, his album, “Sonnet”, featuring his original music, was released across the USA in 2002. It achieved No. 13 on the national NAV charts and has been picked up by over 500 radio stations across the country, as well as receiving glowing reviews nationwide. Among other accolades, one of the songs from this album was picked up by NASA as the soundtrack for their short, film, “Three Years of the Sun in Three Minutes.” Martin was nominated for the prestigious Manhattan Association of Clubs (MAC) Award for the New York debut of his show: “Songs Without Words”, which also garnered rave reviews from the New York press.


Now, from a base on the Gold Coast, Australia, Martin travels the world, performing his amazing music, wowing audiences everywhere.

Accolades, Highlights, Achievements

  • Three Royal Command Gala Performances for the British Royal Family
  • Ten commercially released CDs, including Gold and Platinum sales
  • Two Top Ten charting albums on Australian FM radio
  • Performed on every major TV show in Australia featuring live entertainment, over 200 appearances
  • Performed in every major city and regional centre in Australia
  • Corporate functions for IBM, The Australian Government, Toyota, Clarins, etc.
  • His music is featured in the European TV series, "The Last of the Mohicans"
  • 2 successful seasons starring as the Fiddler in "Fiddler on the Roof" in Sydney, Australia
  • Headlining Entertainer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Cunard Cruise Lines (QE2), Holland-America Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Radisson Seven Seas Cruising, Silver Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises and more...

Awards

  • Seven times winner Australian Entertainment Industry "Mo Award"
    for Best Instrumentalist
  • Variety Club Showman of the Year
  • 1999 Recording "The Gypsy Fiddler" nominated for an ARIA Award
    (Australia's Grammies)
  • In the Top Ten Artists who consistently draw the largest audiences in the Australian Club Industry

Performed in Concert with...

  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Julio Iglesias
  • Yehudi Menuhin
  • Olivia Newton John
  • Ronnie Corbett
  • Peter Allen
  • Seals & Crofts
  • Joan Baez

Recordings

  • 1983 - Gypsy Airs (EMI Music)
  • 1987 - String Sensations (WEA Records)
  • 1988 - One Love (GOLD ALBUM) (Paganini Promotions/EMI)
  • 1989 - Bach to the Future (Paganini Promotions/EMI)
  • 1991 - A Christmas Offering (Paganini Records/EMI)
  • 1991 - Songs Without Words (Paganini Records/EMI)
  • 1998 - Full Circle (MA & I Lass/MRA)
  • 1999 - The Gypsy Fiddler (Galactic Muse Records/MRA)
  • 2002 - Sonnet (Galactic Music Inc.)
  • 2004 - Re-release of One Love for the US market (Galactic Music Inc.)
  • 2004 - Re-release of Songs Without Words for the US market
    (Renamed You and I) (Galactic Music Inc.)
  • 2011 - Take a Bow - The Ultimate Collection (Fanfare Records, Australia)

Copyright (c) Martin Lass 2017