Malcolm Martineau was born in Edinburgh, read Music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and studied at the Royal College of Music. He has presented his own series at St Johns Smith Square (the complete songs of Debussy and Poulenc), the Wigmore Hall (a Britten series broadcast by the BBC) and at the Edinburgh Festival (the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf). He has appeared throughout Europe (including La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein), North America (including in New York both Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall), Australia (including the Sydney Opera House) and at the Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich and Salzburg Festivals.
Recent recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon), Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (for EMI), recital records with Angela Gheorghiu and Barbara Bonney (for Decca), Magdalena Kozena (for DG) and Della Jones (for Chandos), the complete Faure songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause, the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion, and the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for Deutsche Grammophon.
Malcolm Martineau has accompanied many of the world's leading singers and instrumentalists, notably Dame Janet Baker, Sarah Walker, Della Jones, Frederica von Stade, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Hampson, Angela Gheorghiu, Olaf Bär, Karita Mattila, Solveig Kringelborn, Michael Schade and Ian Bostridge. His current and future recitals include appearances with Amanda Roocroft, Barbara Bonney, Joan Rodgers, Michael Schade, Sir Thomas Allen, Ann Murray, Susan Graham, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Jonathan Lemalu, Simon Keenlyside, Magdalena Ko~ená and Bryn Terfel.