Beginning as an apprentice in 1960, Martin Ott worked in the Orgelbauwerkstatt shop (organ building workshop) of his uncle Orgelbaumeister Paul Ott and continued into his journeyman years. From this experience, he learned all the technical aspects of organ building. During his journeyman years, he also spent time at the Holtkamp Organ Co., in Cleveland Ohio. Following a formal study at the School for Music Instrument Building in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, he completed his Orgelbaumeister examination in 1969 and continued to work in Germany.
Orgelbaumeister (Master Organ Builder) Martin Ott, born and raised in Göttingen, Germany, comes from a family of distinguished pipe organ builders. Mr. Ott's father, Orgelbaumeister Alfred Ott, and uncle, Orgelbaumeister Paul Ott, were an influence throughout his career. The Ott family represents more than 75 years of organ building.
Most organ builders play a keyboard instrument. Martin Ott does too, but his instrument of choice is the violin. From the age of six to his late teens, Martin enjoyed working with this instrument. To this day, from time to time, Martin still plays the violin. Martin says:
"I contribute my musical upbringing to learning the violin and listening to classical solo, small ensemble and orchestral performances. Listening and playing shaped my taste and style of organ sound. I have been blessed to arrive in the United States at a time when the pure pipe organ sound of the Baroque recurred."