Kenneth Martinson, is the President of the International Viola Society and the owner of Gems Music Publications, a company devoted to promoting rare and previously out of print or unpublished viola scores. Currently, he is the Principal Violist of the Brevard Symphony (Melbourne, Florida). He was assistant professor of Viola at University of Florida, Western Illinois University, and the Crane School of Music-SUNY Potsdam, NY, as well as resident faculty at Viterbo College, LaCrosse, WI. His musical training includes receiving his M.M. (Viola Performance) from the Eastman School of Music and his B.M. (Viola Performance/Music Composition) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Ken had an early success in becoming the principal violist of the Interlochen World Youth Symphony. He was the violist of the Julstrom String Quartet, the Potsdam Piano Quartet, the Artaria Quartet, Boston, and the Rackham String Quartet. Mr. Martinson has held principal chairs in the Orlando, Toledo, Peoria, Lansing, Dubuque, and Santa Cruz Symphonies. Ken is a frequent recitalist and has performed the solo sonatas of Paul Hindemith and the complete sonatas of Darius Milhaud, also on his Centaur Records CD. He has two other Centaur CDs, viola chamber music of Rebecca Clarke and Bohuslav Martin.
Ken has performed throughout the United States and Canada as well as Brazil, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Russia, Poland, South Africa, and Switzerland. The Toledo Blade has described his sound as being "rich and tawny, and one would like to hear it even more".