Born in Québec City, Martin Blanchet began his musical carrier on the violin and the piano. During his studies at Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, he completed a Double Bass degree in Jazz, a Master’s degree in Classical Interpretation, and a second Master’s degree in Chamber Music.
Currently Principal Bass in the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Martin has also held the chair of Assistant Principal Bass in Orquestra do Algarve in Portugal. He has performed with La Orquesta de Extremadura de Badajoz in Spain, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and also at the Opéra de Québec. In summer 2009, he was invited to perform the Dittersdorf Double Bass Concerto in Pommersfelden, Germany.
Martin has taught double bass at the Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy in Québec City and is presently an instructor at Lakehead University as well as having a private bass studio.
Jazz has also been a big part of Martin’s career. This path has lead him to create the Martin Blanchet Jazz Quintet, a jazz ensemble that includes some of the best players in Thunder Bay. Blanchet is singing and arranging music for the group, creating a variety of different shows including Café Paris, Sharp Ninth #9, Manouche and more.
More recently Martin has begun conducting and arranging music for an all-french choir with the association of Le Club Canadien Français de Thunder Bay.