Martin Cousin is now regarded as one of the
most exceptional pianists of his generation, having been awarded 1st
Prize at the 2005 Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition
(Seregno, Italy) and Gold Medal at the 2003 Royal Over-Seas League
Music Competition (London).
Martin has appeared regularly in the major
British musical venues since graduating from the Royal College of
Music, making his London solo debut at the Purcell Room in 1998.
Numerous solo recitals followed, notably at the Wigmore Hall in
2001,2005 and 2011. He has performed as concerto soloist with the
Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Concert
Orchestras. Performances further afield have included tours of New
Zealand, the US, Italy and concerts in Stockholm, Brussels,
Toronto, Tokyo, Berne and The Hague.
2006 saw the release of his debut CD of
Rachmaninov's Sonata No 1 and Morceaux de Salon with SOMM Recordings,
which was selected as Classical CD of the week by the Daily Telegraph,
with Geoffrey Norris stating that, "Martin Cousin's debut disc
establishes a striking new benchmark for the interpretation of
Rachmaninov's 1st Piano Sonata ..... has discretion, judgment,
perception and formidable technique." The US magazine Fanfare added,
"This is the performance of the 1st Sonata that I have always heard in
my head but never thought I'd actually get to hear with my ears. This
guy's the Real Deal!"
His second CD for SOMM, featuring Glazunov's
piano sonatas, was released in 2010 to great acclaim, with Gramophone
stating that the new release is "in every way, an impressive disc" and
International Piano remarking "this new disc showcases playing that is
both seemingly effortless in its technique and yet utterly natural and
sympathetic in its musical narrative and characterisation."
His latest disc of Rachmaninov's
Études-Tableaux was released in 2014 and was proclaimed 'a
landmark recording' by The Observer with a 5-star review. Classical
Source added, 'This is one of the best solo piano records I have heard
for a very long time - the more so considering it faces some pretty
severe competition in the catalogues. Those who do not know these
extraordinarily original masterpieces are strongly advised to acquire
this disc. There is none better.'
Fanfare Magazine proclaimed, 'Based on the present disc and on the
towering performance of the First Sonata on his debut CD, I am prepared
to state that Cousin is among the most distinguished Rachmaninoff
pianists of our generation.'
Alongside his solo schedule, chamber music
has taken him to Prague, Tokyo, Indonesia and Thailand, Zimbabwe and
Barbados and he is a member of the Aquinas Piano Trio.
Martin's hands are also featured on the big
screen in the Oscar-winning
film "Shine", for the scenes involving Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto.