Martyn Croston is a jazz pianist, songwriter, composer/arranger and music teacher based in London.
He has performed throughout the UK, Canada, Russia, Spain and the US, both as a solo pianist and with numerous ensembles and musicians, including Toby Smith (Jamiroquai) and Dave Richmond (Manfred Mann)
After Martyn completed his Bachelors in Music at the University of Bristol, he studied the piano in Moscow, performing regularly throughout the city as a solo pianist and with numerous ensembles In 2007, he received a scholarship to study a Masters at Western Michigan University, where he received lessons from Dr Stephen Zegree and Tad Weed.
In the US, Martyn was the pianist for the vocal jazz group Gold Company and performed at the International Association for Jazz Education in Toronto with Darmon Meader from New York Voices. He also played in a jazz quartet that supported the African American Jazz Caucus featuring the jazz educator and saxophonist Jamie Aebersold. Martyn performed at two annual shows with Gold Company, supporting The Velvelettes and the winning choir from NBC's Clash of the Choirs. Through the university, he played at two jazz clinics with the jazz vibist Stefon Harris at schools in the Kalamazoo area.
Now back in London, in addition to performing, Martyn teaches music, music technology and the piano, educating students in how to further their piano skills, write songs, learn music theory and compose music.
He also runs the website http://make-music.net, a website designed to offer musicians guidance on how to improve their songwriting, producing and composing skills.
Martyn composes and arranges music in a variety of styles and has recently started a new project arranging Russian folk songs for various different ensembles.