The ISB wishes Tom Martin a very happy birthday, as he turned 75 years young on July 22nd. Tom maintains a busy schedule that seems to require an 8-day week, as an active soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, educator, bass maker, author, adjudicator, mentor, equestrian, husband and father and music historian. Tom, we’ll have what you’re having! He has been part of the ISB from its beginning. Tom, your friends and fans in the ISB send their bass love and best wishes on this very special occasion.

We asked one of those good friends, ISB member and New York Philharmonic principal bass Tim Cobb, to send birthday greetings to Tom on behalf of all us all:

Dear Tom,

Nothing could give me more pleasure than to add my birthday greetings to the ISB’s wishes and accolades!

We’ve been close friends for at least twenty-five years. We’ve performed, recorded, taught, travelled, researched and of course, dined together on several continents.

You are a force of nature, and have single-handedly added so much to the bass world, and to the world of music in general; it is a true honor to be your friend and colleague.

We’ll enjoy your excellent teaching at Juilliard this season to help celebrate your milestone year, after which we will no doubt add to our culinary history on the North American continent!

I know I speak for so many who have benefited from your generosity, knowledge, experience and wisdom; we are all lucky to have you as an example of how high a bassist can rise with hard work, determination, enthusiasm and talent.

The great Bottesini is smiling down on you, I’m sure! You are as widely-travelled as he, have mastered most, if not all, of his works, including conducting the Requiem (and I managed to be there for some of those sessions). And the number of your many other pursuits and achievements is mind-boggling and just too long to list here in this greeting.

You truly are a Renaissance man, the music world salutes you, and I wish you personally many more birthdays to come, and many more great times together.

Happy Birthday!


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