Helen Martin grew up in Philadelphia where she studied with Jasha Brodsky at the New School and Jani Szanto at the Philadelphia Musical Academy. She began her college studies as a scholarship student at The Eastman School of Music, but transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington, there joining the class of Josef Gingold. During her junior year, Martin was the Principal Second Violin in the I.U. Opera Orchestra.
Teaching is Helen Martin‘s present focus. She has worked with students in both public and private schools as well as in conservatories here in the U.S. and in London (UK). She taught String Techniques at Moravian College and was Head of the String Department at the Community Music School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Helen Martin’s teaching features an emphasis on Chamber Music. She has programmed works by Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, and Shostakovich during her Studio’s first four years.
Helen Martin presented her play, THE SECRET LIFE OF ANTONIO VIVALDI in Allentown, and in Napa, California. Her videotape, VIOLIN FOR MUSICIANS, attained Finalist status at the New York Festivals in 2000, - followed by DVD sales in Europe and Australia as well as the U.S. Her current work-in-progress is a DVD to accompany her SURE START FOR STRINGS, a children’s Method, incorporating Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory.