Martin Feinstein – flute/recorder/director
Martin Feinstein is recognised as one of this country’s leading period flute players.
After playing jazz piano and guitar from a young age, Martin only began playing the flute as a fifteen year old, inspired by hearing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Three years later he started flute and recorder studies at the Royal College of Music and there won a German Government Scholarship which enabled him to continue his training in Hamburg with the great German flautist Karlheinz Zoeller. After spells working with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Modern, he returned to London to form and direct the Feinstein Ensemble.
As a soloist and with his ensemble, his chamber and concerto recordings for Naxos, Black Box Music, Sanctuary Records, Dutton Epoch, Barn Cottage Records and BBC Television have met with critical acclaim. Fanfare (USA) said that “Feinstein’s flute-playing is beyond praise – I have never heard better.” Gramophone described Feinstein as “A graceful player and decisive conductor.” They noted that “Feinstein has acquired a formidable command of Bach’s very particular style..these are virtuoso flute concertos played with great authenticity and consummate musicianship.”
Martin Feinstein’s love of Bach’s music continues to inspire his work.