Martin grew up near Zurich, started his professional life as a medical doctor with a degree from the University of Zurich. But music, his first love, eventually won out. Martin discovered American ragtime and Gershwin, and his life changed. In 1977, he was one of five finalists at the Swiss Boogie Woogie & Ragtime Competition. A year later he embarked on a six-year course of classical study at the Conservatory of Music in Zürich. Since 1996, Martin has been a regular guest performer at ragtime festivals throughout the U.S.
Martin has written a number of rags which are available on CD and as sheet music. His “Arabian Rag” was awarded second prize in the 2000 Scott Joplin Ragtime Composition Contest. He played his “Swiss Rag” and “China Rag” for Swiss TV. 2010 he was a participant of the “Train Town Rag” composition contest sponsored by the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation. In fall 2011 he launched the first Swiss Youth Ragtime Piano Competition in collaboration with the West Coast Ragtime Society. 2015 two of his rags were played by a symphony orchestra in Budapest. Besides being a performing artist and a ragtime composer, Martin is Professor of Music at Kantonsschule Enge in Zürich, Switzerland.
Felix studied music & drums at the Conservatory of Music in Zürich. Besides being a teacher, he became a well known drummer playing with numerous musicians, bands and orchestras throughout Europe, including the Rundfunkorchester Leipzig in Germany. In 1993 he became a member of the “Swiss Ragtimers” who accompany silent movies with ragtime piano and slapstick effects. 1997 to 2002 he appeared at the WCRF in Sacramento and the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, introducing his famous Swiss washboard to the public. After a long break Felix is finally back in Sacramento. He’ll play along with Martin Jäger according to their CD “Ragtime Feeling” which is still going strong at several radio stations in France and Switzerland.