The German lutenist and theorboist, Andreas Martin, studied the classical guitar first at the Musikhochschule with Mario Sicca (Stuttgart), at the Conservatorio de Musica Giuseppe Verdi with Ruggero Chiesa (Milan). He subsequently read Anglo-Saxon and Romance Languages and Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg. In order to expand upon his interest in Renaissance literature and music, he next enrolled in the esteemed Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, under the tutelage of lutists Eugen Dombois, Hopkinson Smith and Peter Croton. There he was also influenced by such artists as Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb, Anthony Rooley and Nigel North.
Andreas Martins current life as a concert artist has taken Martin round the world. Recent highlights of solo appearances include the Festival de Musica Antigua, Barcelona (2004) or the Europabachfestival of Paris (2005). He has also performed on television (Arte, Südwest 3) and radio (SWR 2 and BBC 3 - concerts in Wales 2005 "Bach by Candlelight at Ewenny").
Andreas Martin is perhaps best known for his recent splash in the early music world with his recording of J.S. Bach works for lute in 2004. This Harmonia Mundi disc, rated 5/5 stars in Goldberg magazine, represents a culmination of years of his close musical study and interest. It has led to comments such as "[Martin]...shows a deep knowledge of Bach’s music...an intensive Bach, brilliantly and marvellously distinguished..." (Pablo Vayón), "Meditative…subtle dynamics and evident lyricism…dance-like" (Michael Ullman, Fanfare Magazine), or "his phrasing [is] almost vocal in nuance" (Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday). Additional CD releases include "Fortune my Foe" - Musique de la Renaissance (1998), "Tears of the Muse" with counter-tenor Daniel Taylor and viola da gamba Les Voix Humaines (1997), and "English Folksongs and Lutesongs" with counter-tenor Andreas Scholl (1996).