Martine Thomas, violist, is in her element when engaged with music in many ways. Martine is an artist with the Silk Road Ensemble, performing the music of blended world traditions with Yo-Yo Ma and other ensemble members around the country. She performs traditional classical music as a soloist and chamber musician, studying with Martha Katz at New England Conservatory. She works with a range of chamber music mentors and collaborators, including Paul Katz, Kim Kashkashian, JACK Quartet, and the Parker Quartet. Martine enjoys collaborating closely with composers of her generation, like Brandon Snyder and Camila Agosto, as well as working with established composers, such as Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, George Lewis, Marcos Balter, and Chaya Czernowin. Summers spent with Claire Chase and the International Contemporary Ensemble at Lincoln Center and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity have honed her interest in contemporary music.
As an improviser and creative musician, Martine works with Vijay Iyer, Anthony Coleman, and a community of peers based at Harvard University. She has performed at the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Mariinsky II for St. Petersburg’s White Nights Festival, and China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. Martine graduated from the Harvard-New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program in 2019 with a Masters’ of Music in viola performance and a B.A. in English. Her work in English at Harvard focused on poetry, where she works with Jorie Graham. Her writing can be found in the Academy of American Poets, the Colorado Review, and Lana Turner Journal.
“My interest in Music for Food comes from growing up in a community where many people were affected by food insecurity—neighbors, classmates, friends. Music for Food’s concerts move me with the generosity of artistry, compassion, funds, and spirit that fills the room. There are many times when music can seem like an abstract force, or that the unmet needs of the community can seem abstract, but the way that Music for Food brings them out of the abstract allows for real impact and change.”