Obituary: Allen Martin, Cincinnati Symphony violist, 85

Posted on: October 22, 2013

“Allen Martin was an ardent musician who performed for 31 years as a violist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Monday’s (10/21) Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio).   “After his retirement, he cheered the orchestra enthusiastically from his seat in Music Hall. Every week he gave away concert tickets so others could share his joy. ‘He was evangelistic about the CSO,’ said his wife, Judy Martin, also a retired violist in the orchestra…. At the Cleveland Institute of Music while studying the violin, he took up the viola. He studied with Abraham Skernick, then-principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra.” He joined the orchestra in 1964 and “played with the orchestra on five international tours and accompanied his wife on later tours…. He retired from the orchestra in 1995 but continued teaching students privately. Since 1947, he taught hundreds of violinists and violists…. Services have been held. Memorials may be made to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.”

Posted October 22, 2013