The Romanian-born Mihaela Martin has achieved a reputation as one of the most outstanding virtuoso violinists of her generation. She began to study violin with her father at the age of five, and later went to study with Stefan Gheorghiu, a pupil of George Enescu and David Oistrakh. She has won numerous international competitions, beginning with Second Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow when she was nineteen, and followed by top prizes in Montreal, Sion, and Brussels. Her First Prize win at the First Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis led to a steady international career. Her debut in Carnegie Hall was acclaimed by the press, as was her recital at the Library of Congress. She boasts a very large solo repertoire and has appeared with major orchestras and conductors of the highest distinction. She has performed with the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Leipzig Gewandhaus under such conductors as Kurt Masur, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Charles Dutoit, and Neeme Järvi. She also regularly performs at chamber music festivals with a variety of partners including Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Nobuko Imai, Leon Fleisher, and Menahem Pressler. Ms. Martin has also made many recordings for radio, television, and discs. Her latest CD for Naxos (of music by Khachaturian) was given an award by the magazine Pizzicato. In 2002, she formed the Michelangelo String Quartet with violinist Stephan Picard, violist Nobuko Imai, and cellist Frans Helmerson. She is currently a professor at the Cologne Musikhochschule.