Martin Hebel composes expressive, emotionally direct music for a wide variety of ensembles. His catalog includes instrumental and vocal chamber works, orchestral works, and pieces for educational ensembles.
In his orchestral compositions, Martin explores strategies for engaging audiences, seeking to enrich and enhance concert experiences for contemporary listeners. By combining traditional symphonic forms with a contemporary harmonic language, he hopes to help expand audiences for concert performance of contemporary classical music.
Martin Hebel’s Symphony No.3 in E Minor: Concert in Three Acts, recorded by Mikel Toms and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, was released internationally in August 2016 by ABLAZE Records. An evening-long chamber-orchestral hybrid composition, Symphony No.3 won second place in the 2019 American Prize in Orchestral Composition and was selected as a National Finalist in the 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Symphony No.3 received its broadcast premiere by WPRB Princeton University’s Classical Discoveries program on August 30, 2016. Learn more and Listen here.
In addition to composing, Martin maintains a self-designed, high-performance computer workstation to render high-quality simulations of digital scores, an application of his interest in adapting technology to serve music composition.
Born in Hamden, Connecticut in 1990, Martin Hebel began composing in high school, winning the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Frances L. Lauro Scholarship in 2009. Martin Hebel received his M.M. in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2018 where he studied with Douglas Knehans and Ellen Ruth Harrison. He graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut in 2015, where he studied composition with Dr. Kenneth Fuchs and trumpet performance with Dr. Louis Hanzlik.