Pianist and composer. Since 2000, Martins has been the house pianist for Berlin’s Kino Arsenal - Institut für Film- und Videokunst. She has provided live accompaniment for silent films at numerous international festivals, theatres and cinematheques in Europe, Asia and South America. She contributed music to the DVD editions of the silent films Cento Anni Fa 2011 and Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers 2018. Martins has also worked in the field of sound design for film and theatre and presented her own sound installations in Hong Kong and Berlin.
Martins teaches at universities in Germany in France and has given master classes, workshops and lectures on film and music/sound in Hong Kong, New Delhi, São Paulo and Shanghai, among other places. She has directed projects for and with adolescents and children in Berlin and Brussels under the heading “Composing for and with Film”.
Ruth Bieri is a freelance pianist, keyboard player and composer based in Zürich, Switzerland. For over 30 years, she has been heavily involved in music projects. She has played and continues to play in diverse formations at home and abroad as well as composing for film and theatre. In 1993, she founded Serpent (known today as Women in Music) in Zürich – the first ever rock, pop and jazz academy for women in the DACH countries – where Bieri provided vital impulses in her ten-year tenure as an instructor and academy director.
The common thread running through her musical career is her passion for combining music with images or language. Her extraordinary gift for spontaneously inventing and varying musical themes finds expression in her work as a live accompanist for silent films.
Pianist, Composer, Sound Design
SAE Certificate electronic music producer
Studies in piano, classical music and jazz. International performances, solo and various ensembles.
Piano improvisations and compositions for (silent) features, theatre and commercials.
Attendance at FRANKFURT LUMINALE.
Hesse Jazz Award. Continuous collaboration with Kinothek Asta Nielsen.