Before Andre Rieu, before Vanessa Mae, before Bond,
Martin Lass had already broken the mold of the usual violin soloist with his crossover album, “Bach to the Future,” in the 1980s. His classical beginnings – which included playing as principal and soloist with orchestras such as the Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra – led to the creation of a solo career that spans many genres of music.
He presents modern interpretations of such greats as Beethoven and Vivaldi alongside the jazz of Brubeck and Ellington, the Gypsy music of Eastern Europe, the world’s great Love Songs, Broadway Showtunes, and his own Original Compositions – even adding the odd Bluegrass fiddle tune!
Born in Chicago, Martin’s interest in the violin began at the age of 8, when he saw world famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin on television. Menuhin became Martin’s earliest idol. Furthermore, Martin’s father instilled in him an appreciation of all styles of music from classical to jazz to country to pop, with Martin’s mother’s reputed gypsy background adding to the spice of his musical upbringing. Martin’s family moved to Australia when he was eleven, and by his early twenties he was already an accomplished classical musician.
During this time, responding to a brazen dare (the exact details of which will never be released!), Martin appeared on a nationally televised talent show – Australia’s equivalent to Starsearch. He blitzed all opposition, winning everything and receiving standing ovations from the judges!
The result? From second fiddle in an orchestra, Martin quickly became one of Australia’s most sought after popular entertainers. Clever television commercials immediately attracted attention and built audiences, blazing fresh trails with the violin. Martin appeared on every major Australian TV show – making over 200 television appearances. He released 10 CD recordings, including a Gold Record, and an Australian Grammy nomination, toured Australia with his band, and performed alongside many distinguished international names in concert.
Taking his next career step, Martin relocated to New York, where he is now captivating American audiences. Martin’s albums are available internationally through GALACTIC MUSIC. His album “SONNET”, featuring his own original music, was recently released across the USA, achieving No. 13 on the national NAV charts (New Age Voice), as well as receiving glowing reviews from across the country. Not only this, but many of the tracks from this album are currently being considered for use in Hollywood motion pictures.
Martin is working constantly around the world now, opening and exploring new markets and new audiences, and taking his magic to people of all cultures, countries, and ages.