Martha McDonnell is a New York City-based classical violinist and fiddle player. Her latest projects include working with Sting on the world premiere run of his show, The Last Ship, performing as guest fiddler with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, appearing on stage in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Broadway musical Bright Star, joining John Pizzarelli for his residency at Birdland, and playing with the British pop group, London Grammar.
Martha is currently on stage in the sold out run of Girl from the North Country, with music by Bob Dylan, at the Public Theater in NYC.
She has performed throughout the US and Europe, and both her classical work and fiddling have been featured on television and radio, including The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Charlie Rose, and the 2016 Tony Awards.
She has given lectures, master classes, and workshops covering many musical styles, including classical, Appalachian/Old-time, Scottish, Irish, bluegrass, Scandinavian, and improvisation.
Martha holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Lawrence University with a minor in creative writing, where she studied under the instruction of Wen-Lei Gu. She also studied with Carol Cook, principal violist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
She is also an avid tennis player, writer, and prolific Instagrammer. When not playing her violin, she enjoys discovering new IPAs, collecting New Yorker cartoons, and not camping.
Photography courtesy of Jerome Hart.