Martin Lass - Caloundra RSL
Before Andre Rieu, Vanessa Mae, David Garrett, and all who have come after, there was Martin Lass, already having broken the mould of the usual violin soloist, moving from a classical background into classical crossover, pop, his ancestral gypsy music, love songs, bluegrass, and his own original music.
After classical beginnings as principal and soloist with orchestras such as the Sydney Symphony and the world-renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra, Martin blazed on to the popular music scene after blitzing a national television talent show, thereafter winning numerous awards for instrumental excellence, including a Gold Album and an Australian “Grammy” nomination. He has since performed with the likes of Julio Iglesias, Luciano Pavarotti, Ronnie Corbett, Olivia Newton-John, and Joan Baez, as well as having shared his mastery at three British Royal Command Performances.
Martin has made more than 200 appearances on Australian Television. He is also a well-known recording artist with 10 CD recordings to his name and with releases in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the USA.
After Martin relocated to New York in 2000, his album, “Sonnet”, featuring his original music, was released across the USA in 2002. It achieved No. 13 on the national NAV (New Age Voice) charts and received glowing reviews nationwide. Among other accolades, one of the songs from this album was picked up by NASA as the soundtrack for their short, film, “Three Years of the Sun in Three Minutes.”