Christina Day Martinson


Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, GRAMMY® nominated violinist Christina Day Martinson serves as Concertmaster for Boston Baroque and is Associate Concertmaster for the Handel and Haydn Society. She has been a featured soloist with Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, Joshua Rifkin's Bach Ensemble, Tempesta di Mare, Ars Lyrica Houston, the Unicamp Symphony Orchestra in Brazil and the Philharmonisch Orkest Mozart in Amsterdam. In 2018, Martinson was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her tour-de-force performance of the complete cycle of Heinrich Biber’s The Mystery Sonatas, with Boston Baroque.

“[Martinson's] playing [featured] a fearless technique and, best of all, a delightful sense of spontaneity and imagination”
—The Boston Globe

Martinson has performed as Concertmaster under conductors such as Roger Norrington, Richard Egarr, Bernard Labadie, Raphaël Pichon, Nicholas McGegan, Laurence Cummings, Harry Christophers and Martin Pearlman. Martinson's performances of the complete Mystery Sonatas in 2012-13 were hailed by The Boston Globe as a Top 10 Performance of the Year in 2012 and chosen by Jeremy Eichler for his Top Concerts of 2013.

Martinson has given chamber music recitals in Jordan Hall, Boston, Ishihara Hall, Japan, at the Thüringen Bachwochen in Germany, the Casals Festival, Puerto Rico, and at the Leuven Festival in Belgium. In 2009, Martinson recorded Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Boston Baroque for Telarc Records.

“This is story-telling par excellence, Martinson’s polished technique and elegant musicianship fired in the kiln of imagination to produce mind-pictures of such vividness that the Greek term ekphrasis, with all its rhetorical associations, hardly covers it”