Colin Pinto-Martin (founder)

Colin Pinto-Martin is a freelance percussionist who resides in the Pittsburgh area.  He plays with many groups throughout the area including River City Brass, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, OvreArts, the Pittsburgh Civic, the Edgewood Symphony, Cello Fury, Matt Murchison Mutany, and the New Victorians among others.

Colin is actively engaged in integrating classical music into different communities around Pittsburgh.  He has worked with various organizations to provide a variety of unique concert experiences.  These organizations include The Pillow Project, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Saturday Light Brigade,
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, The Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, and Attack Theatre.  

He has appeared on television filming for the first season of USA Network's "It Takes a Choir."  He has also worked closely with Chelsea Lupkin to create multiple soundtracks for various video projects.

Aside from performing, Colin is also an avid educator and youth mentor.  He teaches privately and runs the recording studio for the Carnegie Mellon Pre-College program during the summer, teaching both "Recording Techniques" and a studio class on recording.  He is also actively engaged in teaching Dalcroze based Eurhythmics classes and currently teaches Eurhythmics with the Prep School at Carnegie Mellon.

When not performing or teaching, Colin can be found in his garage working with wood.  He builds custom tables and loves making unique furniture.  In 2014 he set out to make his own 5-octave marimba using a CNC router at the Tech Shop in Bakery Square.  This work lead to the conception of Handmade Percussion, a group dedicated to performing on homemade instruments.

In 2014 he received his Master in Music from Carnegie Mellon University, studying under Paul Evans and Jeremy Branson.

While not working he loves spending time with his wife and dressing his son up in ridiculous costumes.  He is also currently a youth leader at his local church.

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