Marty Ehrlich, professor of jazz and contemporary music, is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation, critically acclaimed as a composer and player.
Since moving to New York in 1978, Ehrlich has performed his compositions throughout America, Europe, and Canada with three ongoing ensembles: The Marty Ehrlich Quartet and Sextet, The Traveler's Tales Group, and The Dark Woods Ensemble.
As a composer, he has been commissioned by the New York Composer's Orchestra, the Boston Jazz Composer's Alliance, The Lydian String Quartet, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, The Kitchen House Blend Orchestra, the New York String Trio, and pianist Ursula Oppens. As a sideman he has performed with a who’s who of jazz artists, appearing on over 100 CDs. Ehrlich is also musical director of the Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet, which has been active performing that composer’s music throughout the world.
In the classical field, Ehrlich has performed with the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the St. Luke's Orchestra, the Birmingham (England) Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Chamber Music Northwest.
He has been an artist in residence at the Gardner Museum in Boston and the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist at Harvard.
Marty Ehrlich received his B.A. in music from New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston. In 1992 he was named a Distinguished Alumni of the conservatory.
In 2004 he received a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in music composition.