Peter Stanley Martin is active in the music industry in a variety of ways: as composer/arranger, conductor, editor, guest speaker, and clinician. Since 2004, Mr. Martin has been a member of the G. Schirmer, Inc. and Associated Music Publishers Production and Editorial staff where he currently serves as Director of Production and collaborates daily with contemporary masters such as John Corigliano, Joan Tower, John Harbison, Andre Previn, Terry Riley, and Tan Dun on the creation, production, and performance of new works, while also working on compositions of luminaries like Henry Cowell, George Antheil, Samuel Barber, Gian Carlo Menotti, Percy Grainger, Roy Harris, Elliott Carter, Charles Ives, and others. Further projects include work for The New York Pops, Richard Danielpour, Hila Plitmann, Thierry Lancino, Jonathan Newman, Jim Bonney, Long Island Music Engraving Services (LIMES), W. W. Norton & Company, and the educational DVD and music series “Learning from the Legends.”
As a conductor, he has received acclaim for his work with symphony orchestras, wind bands, and new music ensembles. He serves as an annual adjudicator of The American Prize, has been published in the WASBE Journal, consulted on critical editions of Samuel Barber and Zygmunt Stojowski, and has presented masterclasses/guest conducted at numerous institutions including Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), Columbia University, New York University, UCLA, Rutgers University, New England Band Directors Institute (NEBDI), Ridgewood Concert Band, Hunter College, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and the Grand Street Community Band.
Mr. Martin's wind band series, the Autograph Editions, has him collaborating with renowned composers to create authorized band editions of select works. The first publication of the series was with John Corigliano on a band transcription of Lullaby for Natalie, which was premiered and recorded by the West Chester University Wind Ensemble. He then worked with Academy Award winner (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Tan Dun to create an edition of his Internet Symphony, “Eroica” – Tan Dun’s first composition for wind band. Projects with two Pulitzer Prize winners soon followed: The first performance of John Harbison's RUBIES (after Thelonious Monk's Ruby, My Dear) was given by the Rutgers Symphony Band, guest conducted by Mr. Martin, and his edition of Aaron Jay Kernis's New Era Dance was premiered at the 2016 CBDNA Eastern Conference at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.
His latest editions include partnering with Richard Danielpour on Toward the Splendid City, his "love letter in music to New York City and all of its wonderful and terrible things," and with Mark Adamo on the Overture to Lysistrata. Two arrangements of works by George Antheil are forthcoming and scheduled to be premiered in the fall of 2018.
Mr. Martin’s “centennial performing edition” of Camille Saint-Saens’s "Finale" to HAIL! CALIFORNIA was premiered by the Ridgewood Concert Band and is available from Mad Monk Music Press (ASCAP). This edition is the first to incorporate all of the original music for wind band that Saint-Saens composed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.
He received his Master of Music in Conducting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he studied with William Berz and Kynan Johns; his Bachelor of Music Education (magna cum laude) from Hofstra University; and has participated in several workshops including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Marin Alsop. He has served as a board member and editor at Conductors Guild and is an active member of WASBE, CBDNA, NBA, and ASCAP. He lives in Queens, NY, with his wife Aleksandra, son, and their two dogs.