Versatile, daring and insightful, young Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is establishing a reputation on both the national and international stages for the lyricism of her playing, her compelling interpretations, and her elegant stage presence. An artist equally at home with both established and contemporary repertoire, by composers ranging from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff to Mason Bates and Adam Schoenberg, she has performed throughout the United States as well as in Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and Venezuela.
Gabriela Martinez splits her 2015-16 season between solo recitals and orchestral engagements throughout the United States. Among the works she performs this season are Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, and Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Future highlights include the release of Ms. Martinez’s debut solo album on which she collaborated with Grammy Award-winning producer David Frost. The CD includes Szymanowski's Variations in B flat minor Op.3, as well as the world premiere of Dan Visconti's Amplified Soul, commissioned by Ms. Martinez, which she will also release in a YouTube video later this season.
Respected for her inspiring performances and ability to clearly present the essence of a work, Gabriela Martinez has given world premieres of works by such contemporary composers as Mason Bates, Samuel Zyman, and Liduino Pitombeira.
Recent performance highlights have included debuts with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Delaware and Jacksonville symphony orchestras. Orchestral engagements have included the Houston, Tucson, Pacific, West Michigan, Stockton, and Texarkana symphony orchestras, the National Philharmonic, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic in the United States; with Canada’s Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and with the Costa Rica National Symphony. Recital venues included Canada’s Glenn Gould Studio; South Carolina’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts; and both Merkin Concert Hall and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, the El Paso Pro Musica Series, and the Kansas City Harriman-Jewell Series, to name a few.
As an orchestral soloist, Ms Martinez has played with numerous distinguished organizations including the San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Tucson, and Fort Worth symphonies; Germany’s Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, MDR Rundfunkorchester, and Nurnberger Philharmoniker; and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Among the conductors whose baton she has performed under are Gustavo Dudamel, James Gaffigan, James Conlon, Marcelo Lehninger, and Guilllermo Figueroa. Ms. Martinez has performed at such esteemed venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall; Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus; Dresden’s Semperoper; Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens; and Paris’s Palace of Versailles. As a chamber musician, she regularly performs in recitals and festivals. Among the musicians and ensembles with whom she has collaborated are violinists Itzhak Perlman and Elena Urioste, cellist Carter Brey, the Diaz Trio, and the Takács and Calder quartets. Her festival credits include the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, and Rockport festivals in the United States; Italy’s Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto); Switzerland’s Verbier Festival; the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier; and Japan’s Tokyo International Music Festival.
First Prize winner of the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden and a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received the Jury Discretionary Award, Gabriela Martinez began her piano studies in Caracas with her mother, Alicia Gaggioni, and made her orchestral debut at age 7. She emigrated to the United States to attend The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. Ms. Martinez was a fellow of Carnegie Hall’s The Academy, and a member of its celebrated Ensemble ACJW, while concurrently working on her doctoral studies with Marco Antonio de Almeida in Halle, Germany. Ms. Martinez resides in the United States with her family.
Gabriela Martinez is represented worldwide by Sciolino Artist Management @ www.samnyc.us