Martin was born in Neath and educated at Neath Boys Grammar School where his interest in the bassoon started. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Gwydion Brooke and Ronald Waller where he won the coveted Florence Woodbridge Bassoon prize.
On leaving the Royal Academy of Music, he went on to a very busy freelance career performing with all the major Symphony and Opera Orchestras in the capital and provinces before accepting a position with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 1982.
Martin has had a considerable amount of professional experience and has performed concertos and recitals, including TV and radio broadcasts, both in this country and abroad. He is also Bassoon Professor at Atlantic College.