18 year old American cellist Gabriel Martins is the gold medalist of the V International David Popper Cello Competition in Hungary, the silver medalist of the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, and the bronze medalist of the 20th Sphinx Competition.
Martins has performed as soloist with ensembles such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, New World Youth Orchestra and Fukuda Ensemble (São Paulo). He has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Darrett Adkins, Robert Chen, Edgar Meyer and Csaba Onczay.
Martins began playing the cello at the age of five, studying with Susan Moses. He grew up performing with the Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi, touring internationally and playing in packed halls at venues such as Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Other than his long-time mentor, Moses, he also received guidance from Richard Aaron, David Finckel, Csaba Onczay, Brinton Smith and Mimi Zweig.
Martins was a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival and School for two summers, where he participated in the Finckel-Wu Han chamber music studio and won the concerto competition. He is currently in his second year of undergraduate studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, studying with legendary cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. In his freshman year at USC, Martins won both the concerto competition and the solo Bach competition.