Martin Spitznagel

Alexandria, VA
Updated 4/25/2008

Martin Spitznagel, 25, is an award-winning pianist and composer. Hailed as a "remarkable, exhausting, and utterly astonishing" talent, he discovered his love of ragtime early, winning 
a Yamaha Disklavier piano at the age of 14 in Calliope Media's nationwide "Crazy for Ragtime" competition.

In the years since he has been an active composer and performer, studying with noted jazz pianist and pedagogue Tony Caramia and Grammy-nominated pianist Brian Holland. He was a featured youth performer at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in 1999 and returned to the festival in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he competed at the World Old Time Piano Playing Championship, winning the "Best New Rag" competition with the "Red Elephant Rag." In October 2007, in association with Rivermont Records, he released his debut album, "Tricky Fingers," which ragtime reviewer Jack Rummel declared “an impressive first recording.” When he is not at the piano, Martin works as a writer and filmmaker. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA.