Martin Amlin


Mildred P. Gilfillan Professor of Music; Chair, Composition and Theory


M.M., D.M.A., Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music


855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 228


Composer and pianist Martin Amlin has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. He was a recipient of an ASCAP Grant to Young Composers and has received numerous ASCAP Plus Awards. He has been a resident at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony, where he was named a Norlin Fellow. His compositions have been performed throughout the world and are published by the Theodore Presser Company.

Dr. Amlin studied with Nadia Boulanger at the Écoles d’Art Américaines in Fontainebleau and the École Normale de Musique in Paris. He received masters and doctoral degrees as well as the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Formerly an instructor at the Phillips Exeter Academy and an Affiliate Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is currently Professor of Music and Chair of the Composition and Theory Department in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University as well as Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Composition Program. He has been a rehearsal pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops on several occasions in performances of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. He has performed on the FleetBoston Celebrity Series and has been pianist for the M.I.T. Experimental Music Studio and the New England Ragtime Ensemble. He has appeared live on Boston’s WGBH radio station as both performer and composer.

Martin Amlin has recorded for the Albany, Ashmont Music, Centaur, Crystal, Hyperion, Koch International, MSR Classics, and Wergo labels.