Martha Bishop studied viola da gamba with John Hsu at Cornell University. In keeping with Baroque performance practice, she plays several bass instruments, including Baroque cello, viola da gamba, basse de violon, Baroque bass and violoncello piccolo. She is a regular member of New Trinity Baroque and has performed with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Knoxville Early Music Project, Harmonie Universelle, and the Atlanta Bach Choir. Ms. Bishop has been featured several times as viola da gamba soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Bishop teaches cello, viola da gamba, and composition, and is a frequent workshop clinician on viola da gamba in the U.S. and abroad. She was Musical Director of the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s annual Conclave for 30 years. As a composer, Ms. Bishop has a number of published works, and as an educator, she has self-published instructional and performing collections for viola da gamba and cello that are used worldwide. She is a frequent contributor to the Atlanta Early Music Alliance‘s Broadside and a reviewer for the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s Newsletter.