Robert Luke Martin is an internationally recognized conductor, organist, orchestrator, and concert producer, who strives to create exciting programming that introduces new audiences to the concert hall.
As a conductor, Robert has served as both Music Director and Executive Director of the Irish Video Game Orchestra (Belfast, Northern Ireland), an organization he started while studying at Queen’s University Belfast. A group of musicians dedicated to introducing unreached audience through video game music, the IVGO has performed concerts described as “one of the most entertaining musical evenings I’ve experienced.” (Chris Hastings, Queen’s Radio) Prior to the IVGO, Robert was the Founding Music Director of the Houghton Pops Orchestra (Houghton, NY), where he wrote and produced two Celtic themed stage productions, “Hearts of the Highlands” and “Hearts of the Highlands II: A Song to Remember.” In addition to his work with the IVGO, Robert is also currently serving as the Music Director of the Studio Orchestra at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, a training orchestra in Long Beach, California.
Robert has received degrees from Houghton College (B.Mus. in Organ), Queen’s University Belfast (MA in Arts Management), and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach (M.Mus. in Instrumental Conducting), and has studied with Dr. Judy Congdon (organ), Gary Stith, John Carnahan, Dr. Jermie Arnold, and Dr. Donald Brinegar (conducting).