The Romanian-born artist Mihaela Martin is one of the most outstanding violin virtuosos of her generation. Her father gave her first violin lessons when she was five years old. She later studied with Stefan Gheorghiu, a pupil of George Enescu and David Oistrakh.
At the age of 19, Mihaela Martin won second prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which was followed by further main prizes in Montreal, Sion (Switzerland), and Brussels. Being awarded first prize in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis launched her international career.
Mihaela Martin has performed with renowned orchestras including the BBC Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, collaborating with conductors of the likes of Kurt Masur, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Charles Dutoit, and Neeme Järvi.
In the 2019-2020 season, Mihaela Martin not only performed as a soloist, but also appeared at chamber music festivals in Italy, Norway, France, the UK, Israel, Germany, Greece, Romania, and Switzerland.
Along with Conrad Muck, Michael Barenboim, and Frans Helmerson, she is a member of the Michelangelo String Quartet, which she co-founded in 2003. Mihaela Martin is professor of violin at Cologne University of Music (Musikhochschule) and at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, and gives masterclasses throughout the world. She also teaches at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin and is regularly invited to serve as a jury member for major international competitions.
Mihaela Martin plays a violin by J. B. Guadagnini that dates from 1748.