Martin Sklar


Martin W. Sklar, a principal founder of The August Symphony Orchestra, served a long and distinguished career as a bassist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 1970 to 2010. Martin’s first teacher was his father, Philip Sklar, principal bassist in Toscanini’s NBC Symphony Orchestra. He continued studying bass with David Walter, Fred Zimmerman, Robert Brennand, and John Schaeffer. He spent two summers with Pierre Monteux in his conducting camp in Hancock, Maine. More recently he studied with David Gilbert. Sklar’s career was that of a symphonic bassist with orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, where he was the youngest member, Houston Symphony directed by Sir John Barbirolli, the New York City Opera, and Princeton Chamber Orchestra. He also played under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, Eric Leinsdorf, Charles Munch, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, Zdenek Macal, and Neeme Järvi. For several years, Martin taught, performed, and conducted in South America, primarily in Cali, Colombia. Prior to The August Symphony, Martin conducted four successful seasons (2001-2004) as Musical Director and Conductor of the Essex County Summer Players. Martin resided in Bloomfield, NJ with his wife Carole, also a key founder of the orchestra. While Martin is no longer with us, his dream of The August Symphony Orchestra continues. Martin Sklar 1941—2010 Photo courtesy of PCM Digital Recordings, Scotch Plains, NJ