Born in the Dutch town of Enschede in 1982, Martin Schippers 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 enrolled at the Rotterdam Conservatoire. In his second year at the conservatory, he was appointed second trombonist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
He assumed the post of principal trombonist with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic in 2005. Schippers was appointed second/bass trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in April 2009. As a member of such groups as the New Trombone Collective (until 2010) and the International Trombone Ensemble, he has performed in concert halls all over the world. Over the last few years, Schippers has grown to become a versatile musician, playing multiple instruments in various musical styles.