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Martin Radford is from the Shetland Islands. He started playing the cello at the age of 7 and won a scholarship to study at St. Mary's Music School, Edinburgh at 15. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in London. He has since toured worldwide in his capacity as solo, chamber and session musician, has had several works written for him and has a keen interest in contemporary classical music. Martin regularly performs with World Music artists and a recording with cello and vocals of the late Qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan co-written and produced by Gaudi was released worldwide in 2007 and nominated for a World Music Award.
Martin is in great demand as a composer and musical collaborator and the last few years have seen releases and performances with many diverse artists including Skunk Anansie, Guillemots, Patrick Wolf, Fightstar, DJ Luke Solomon, Richard Walters and shared a stage with Liza Minelli. His performances in the UK and overseas have received critical acclaim with featured recordings reaching No.1 in music charts in Europe and America. Stereoart is his latest project as a collective with Tatsuji Mikajiri and several guest artists. Their debut album 11:11 was completed in January 2008 and in late 2010 they were commissioned to write and perform a new work for cello & electronics on a project with Yamaha. The premiere was given at the Japan Embassy in London. In December 2012, Martin composed an arrangement for Katherine Crowe and the London Metropolitan Orchestra which was recorded at Abbey Road studios. 2013 sees releases from collaborations with Stuart Warwick and Richard Walters as well as his own solo classical projects and commissions.
From 2000-2012, Martin was also Event Coordinator of the London International Piano Competition, and now is assistant to world renowned violin dealer Peter Biddulph, and despite his obsession with 11:11, Martin Radford records, tours and performs with the best bands in the land.
- Recordings, Compositions and Performances
The Sea & I, 2013
Stuart Warwick - Recording & string arr. Album 'The Butcher's Voice' 2013. Performances 2011-
Katherine Crowe & The London Metropolitan Orchestra, orch. arr. 'Next to Me' 2012.
Sunless '97- Recording 'Illuminations' and performances 2012-
Stereoart: Co-founder with Tatsuji Mikajiri 2004- . Album 11:11 released independently in 2008, 2010 single release Silence, 2011- Shadow of a Piece of Time'.
Skunk Anansie: Cello on Squander from album Smashes & Trashes, 2009
Patrick Wolf: Performances & cello on album 'Lupercalia' 2011.
The Pan I Am: Band Member & Recordings 2008-2009 UK tour, London Calling-Paradiso, Amsterdam & SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas, USA
Guillemots: Cello on album Red 2008
Fightstar: Cello on 2 tracks from forthcoming album 2008
Larrikin Love: Cello on Ribbon Dance Mews, A Little Piece in my Heart, Paul My Dear.Warner 2006/2007 Performances at Koko & Brixton Academy, London.
Cellorhythmics: Group member 2004-date. National & European tours, Edinburgh Festival 2-week run.
Luke Solomon: Cello on album Timelines 2012, Cello on album The Difference Engine & EP 2007
Nizlopi: Cello on album Make it Happen 2008
Sean Redmond: Performances in UK 2008-date. Cello on album It was obviously wrong from the start. 2010 Cello on EP Its all very well..' Mannequin Republic2008
Apple iPad: Cello with Sean Redmond on Shooting Stars for Apple iPad ad. campaign, 2010
Lisa Friend: Performances in UK & Europe 1998-date. Cello on album Deep in my Soul 2010
Jonas Mekas & Edward Eke: Composed & performed soundtrack for film/poetry- Requiem for the XXth Century, Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon, London 2009
Richard Walters: Recording/string arr. - album 'Regretless' 2012 & performances 2010- .
Solvor Vermeer: Performances in UK 2010.
Hush (Denmark): Cello on album- For All The Right Reasons Universal 2007
Jake Morley: Cello on forthcoming album, 2010
Naomi Roper: Performances & UK tour support for The Hoosiers 2007-date
Karen Coleman: Cello on album No Secret 2010
Look See Proof: Cello on EP, Junk Scientist 2008
Sweet Sweet Lies: Cello on EP, Junk Scientist 2009
Sam Kills Two: Cello on album 2010
Bobby Cook: Cello on EP, Olympic Studios 2008
Kid Harpoon: Cello on EP. Colours 2008
Rachel Button: Cello on album 2010
Wojtek Godzisz: Cello on album 2009
Cello on The Moon & the Yew Tree 2007
Ivyrise: Cello on EP, 2009
King Ramirez: Recording 2009
Sam Isaac: Performances and live recording for BBC Radio 1 2007
Finn Daniel: Cello on EP 2007
Rubek: Cello on album Tender Hooks 2009
AUDI: Jonathan Green (AUDI commercial): 2006
Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Cello on Albums- Dub Qawwali Six Degrees Records 2007
& CONTINVVM EM:T Records 2006
Bedspace: Performances in UK. Cello on album 2008
Crash Convention: Cello on EP, Junk Scientist 2006
Eliza Emery: Cello on Album 2006
PARK: Cello on film soundtrack 2007