ABOUT Francisco Martinez
Born in San Juan, Maestro Martínez completed his formal music study in Alicante and Madrid. Later he completed additional studies in France with Daniel Deffayet, Serge Bichon, and J.M. Londeix, among others.
Francisco has performed in various concerts halls within Spain, Europe, and the United States. Several of his performances have been broadcast on Spanish National Radio, Spanish Television, as well as Swedish and English television, Radio France, FR3, RAI, RTBF Brussels, RTL Luxemburg and BRT, and Moldavian Radio and Television. Over 270 composers have written works for him, which he later premiered as a soloist or with the sax ensemble group.
Martínez is the artistic director of Sax-Ensemble and award winner of the Spanish Ministry of Culture's National Music Award for Interpretation, the first time in history that such an award was granted to a chamber music group. They currently have eighteen CDs and two DVDs.
As an educator, Francisco has taught courses in a myriad of places like Vigo, Madrid, Benidorm, the European University of the Saxophone in Gap, France, the European University of the Saxophone in San Juan, Alicante, and Madrid. He has also taught Master Classes in Madrid, UCLA, the University of Minnesota, and Tilburg Conservatories in the Netherlands, as well as many more. He has also participated on various occasions in international and national saxophone juries.
He currently holds a position at Madrid Royal Superior Conservatory of Music as Chairman of Saxophone, Head of the Woodwind Department, and director of the Master of New Technologies of Modern Music for Creators and Interpreters.