Martin Edelmann, born in Bretten, Germany in 1969, received his first violin lessons at the age of five.
Having trained as a school-age student with Prof. Maria Grevesmühl at the University of the Arts Bremen, he then went to Vienna to study first with Prof. Gerhart Hetzel and later with Prof. Edward Zienkowski. In 1993 he switched to viola and joined Prof. Siegfried Führlinger’s class. While still studying he was additionally spurred on in his artistic ambitions by master classes taken by Felix Andriewsky, Sachar Bron, Max Rostal, Igor Ozim and later Kim Kashkashian and Barbara Westphal. During this period he was also a substitute in the Vienna Philharmonic.
In 1994 he co-founded the Hugo Wolf Quartett, in which he was the violist for five years. With this ensemble he won several awards, such as first prize at the International Competition for String Quartets in Cremona, first prize at the national competition "Gradus ad Parnassum" and the prize for the best string quartet at the 45th International G. B. Viotti Competition for Chamber Music in Vercelli.
As a chamber musician he has played concerts in some of the most prestigious concert halls, including the Munich Herkulessaal, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the “Y” in New York and at leading festivals in Salzburg, the Carinthian Summer, the Schubertiade in Feldkirch and the Klangbogen Wien. Concert tours have taken him all over Europe and North America.
In 2011 he founded the Hans Rott Streichquartett with colleagues from the RSO.
He has been a violist with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007.