Martin began studying the tenor tuba with his grandfather at the age of seven. He switched to the trombone at fifteen, taking lessons from his uncle, Hans Schippers. Two years later he began studying at the Rotterdam Conservatoire; during his second year he was appointed second trombonist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2005 he assumed the post of principal trombonist with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. Martin was appointed second and bass trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in April 2009.
As a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, RCO brass, the International Trombone Ensemble, the New Trombone Collective (until 2010), and numerous chamber music groups, he has performed in most of the major concert halls around the world.
Martin appeared as teacher and performer at festivals such as the International Trombone Festival, Festival do Campos Jordao Brazil, Sesc International Music Festival Pelotas Brazil, IPV festival, Lätzsch Trombone Festival, Peru Low Brass festival, and Curso Trombon de Valga in Spain.
Martin is professor of tenor and bass trombone at the Lucerne University of Arts and Music in Switzerland.