Martha McDonnell is a New York City-based classical violinist and fiddle player. Her latest projects include performing as guest fiddler with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia in Titanic, working with Sting on the world premiere run of his musical, The Last Ship, playing with the British electronic pop group, London Grammar, and joining John Pizzarelli for his residency at Birdland.
Martha most recently appeared on stage in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new Broadway musical Bright Star as concertmaster and fiddler.
She has performed throughout the US and Europe in concerts and music festivals, and both her classical work and fiddling have been featured on television and radio. 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.