Working in partnership with other professional performers has been a major feature in John’s career, and he currently performs in several diverse combinations:

The Power of Three—this is a unique and rewarding trio of flute (Leah Lock), clarinet (Deborah de Graaff) and piano (John Martin) which presents an eclectic and enrichening mix of classical, folk and new-wave music. As well as many concerts, The Power of Three has featured often on ABC Classic FM, and is fast becoming one of the most sort after and popular chamber groups in Australia. 2008 will see the release of their first commercial recording. They always include Australian works in their programs, and have been highly praised on ABC radio for their contribution in promoting the music of Australian composers, including Ann Carr-Boyd, Peter Sculthorpe, Moya Henderson and Christopher Spike.Their concerts are both fulfilling and great fun.

John works regularly in duo with various fine musicians, including trombonist Gregory van der Struik and oboist/ cor anglais specialist Rachel Tolmie, creating colourful programs that showcase the beauty and fascination of these instruments. Radio appearances have played a major role in both these partnerships, as it has too in John’s duo work with Deborah de Graaff, clarinetist.

With top soprano Karen Cummings, John has explored a broad vista of musical styles in both cabaret and concert format, bringing the music of 20th Century masters such as Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim and Noel Coward to their listeners, along with the classical masters. Karen and John are in the process of finishing a recording of Australian songs with a special emphasis on the works of Miriam Hyde. This will be released through Wirripang.

Flautist Christine Draeger and John Martin are doing a series of recitals together, keeping faith with Australian composers including their own compositions, and playing the mainstream flute/ piano repertoire. In August they are to be found performing in Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and Canberra. They will also be giving workshops for student performers.



Danse Erotique


By Christopher Spike

Performed by ‘the power of three’

Deborah de Graaff – clarinet

Leah Lock – flute

John Martin – piano