Martine Thomas, violist and poet, has a Masters in Viola Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Harvard-New England Conservatory dual degree program. Martine is based in New York City, where she is beginning her Doctorate of Musical Arts at CUNY Graduate Center in Fall 2021. She is an artist with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, performing the music of blended world traditions around the country. She performs traditional classical music as a soloist and chamber musician, working with Martha Katz, Paul Biss, Kim Kashkashian, JACK Quartet, and the Parker Quartet. Martine enjoys collaborating closely with composers of her generation, like Camila Agosto and Brandon Snyder, as well as established composers, including Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, and George Lewis. Summers spent with the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity have honed her interest in contemporary music, and creative and improvised music. Martine is a poetry editor for Peripheries Journal and a recipient of the Joan Gray Untermeyer Poetry Prize and the Le Baron Russell Briggs Travelling Prize. Jorie Graham advised Martine’s senior thesis, a collection of original poems. Her poems have been recently featured in Lana Turner Journal and the Colorado Review.