Martin Walch has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 1988. With them, he performed recitals and chamber music concerts in many european countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria.
Martin plays a M. Goffriller violin dating back to 1700 and made in Venice.
Originally from Innsbruck, Martin studied the violin with Sándor Végh and Michael Schnitzler. He also had masterclasses with Yehudi Menuhin and Nathan Milstein.
Beside his activity with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, he is also leader of the Merlin ensemble based in Vienna. The Merlin Ensemble Wien is currently " Ensemble in Residence" at the International Maifestspiele Wiesbaden. Martin is a very keen chamber musician and has been working regularly with N. Gutmann, A. Rabinowich and J. Rachlin. He has performed recitals with pianist Till A. Körber and worked on music theatre projects with artists such as Hermann Beil and Ulrich Matthes.
As a soloist, Martin performed with Sofia’s and Zagreb's Philharmonic Orchestras. His most notable projects include the premiere of Till A. Körber’s Violin concerto, Beethoven’s triple concerto under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner as well as working with Friedrich Cerha.
Throughout his career, Martin has had the opportunity to give solo and chamber music performances in some of the greatest halls and festivals in Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Lucerne Festivals, the Salzburg Festspiele, Beethovenfest Bonn, Düsseldorf’s Tonhalle, Ferrara Musica, St Moritz Festival and Musikfest Bremen.
Martin has taken part in the TV production ‘Geschichte von Soldaten’ and recorded a number of CDs, both as a soloist and as part of the Merlin Ensemble. He has also given masterclasses at 'Mozarteum Salzburg' and been a guest lecturer at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz, Hartford University Trinity College, Musikakademie Sofia and at the Staatlich Musikakademie Lemberg (Leviv).