National Orchestra of Spain tubist

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A native of Chelva (Spain), Jose Martínez is principal tuba of the National Orchestra of Spain as well as a member of the Duo2Arts!

An enthusiastic orchestral player, he previously was the tubist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performed as guest with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

A learner for life, Jose will forever be indebted to Mike Roylance, Gene Pokorny, Morten Agerup and also Sergio Finca, his greatest influences.

Having studied in Spain, Sweden in addition to the USA, doctor Martinez recently completed an online certificate on The Science of Well-Being at Yale University.

Jose Martínez has been a member of the Chelva Symphony Wind Band since 1998.

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NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF SPAIN

After having performed as guest principal tuba with the National Orchestra of Spain in several occasions in 2015 and due to a successful audition in January 2017, Jose Martínez joined the ranks of the orchestra in April 2017.

The orchestra makes its home at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid where it therefore performs the majority of its concerts. Besides, the orchestra occasionally presents concerts all around Spain and abroad, with recent tours through Europe and in the near future to South Korea, Japan or South America.

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Performing Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony with Music Director David Afkham. May 2019. PC: Rafa Martín.

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With maestro Semyon Bychkov. May 2019. PC: Rafa Martín.

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At the Victoria Hall in Switzerland. November 2018.
STRONG PROPONENT OF TRAINING ORCHESTRAS

Jose became a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2016/2017 season after having been an associate member of the orchestra since 2011.

In addition, he was invited to play with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra (2013, 2015/2016), Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra (2015), Castleton Festival Orchestra (2014), Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (2011/2012), Swedish National Orchestra Academy (2010/2012), Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (2011), European Union Youth Orchestra (2010), National Youth Orchestra of Spain (2010), Idyllwild Arts Festival Orchestra (2009) or the Youth Orchestra of Andalusia (2006/2008).

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With colleagues Ignacio del Rey, Charles Dieterle, Joe Dubas, Prapat Prateepphleepon and Scott Nguyen after Jose’s last performance as member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. February 2017.
ENTHUSIASTIC ORCHESTRAL PLAYER

Martinez was fortunate to perform as guest principal tuba with the Malaysian Philharmonic (2019), Boston Symphony (2014, 2017), Saint Louis Symphony (2016), Jalisco Philharmonic (2016), New World Symphony (2016) as well as the Boston Pops (2015).

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Performing with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Marco Parisotto. May 2016.

Performing with the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart on the American Public Television. December 2015.

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Before a performance of Nielsen’s 4th Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and maestro Thierry Fischer. October 2014. PC: Rachel Candee.

Performances as second tubist included those with the Seattle Symphony (2019), Porto Symphony (2018), Boston Symphony (2017), Minnesota Orchestra (2017), Chicago Symphony (2016/2017), Saint Louis Symphony (2016/2017), New York Philharmonic (2016), Naples Philharmonic (2015) and also the Gothenburg Symphony (2012).

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Performing Rite of Spring alongside John DiCesare and the Seattle Symphony with Music Director Thomas Dausgaard conducting. November 2019. PC: YouTube thumbnail.

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After a performance of Rite of Spring together with Gene Pokorny and the Chicago Symphony under Esa-Pekka Salonen’s baton. March 2017. PC: Beth Lodal.

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After a performance of Alpine Symphony with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra alongside John Dicesare with Music Director Stéphane Denève on the podium. March 2017. PC: Terrence Abernathy.

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Teaming up with Alan Baer and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert thanks to the partnership between Music Academy of the West and the Philharmonic. January 2016.

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After a performance of Also Sprach Zarathustra alongside Morten Agerup and the Swedish National Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel on an European Tour. March 2012.
SEASONED TRAVELER

Subsequently, these and some other opportunities are bringing Jose all around the world. For instance, performances with the world-renowned Mahler Chamber Orchestra brought him on tour through Asia, Europe and Oceania during the 2018/2019 season.

Performing Bruckner's 4th Symphony with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding at the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo (Japan). March 2019
Performing Bruckner’s 4th Symphony with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding at the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo (Japan). March 2019.

Consequently, he has worked under the baton of world-renowned conductors. To name a few, Stefan Asbury, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Stéphane Denève, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as Jaap van Zweden.

FASCINATED BY CHAMBER MUSIC

Jose is always looking for opportunities to play alongside colleagues because he finds chamber music fundamental in the routine of a musician. For that reason, he is a member of the following groups:

*brassONEquintet
Brass quintet comprised of members of the National Orchestra of Spain (Adán Delgado, trumpet; Juan Antonio Martínez, trumpet; Juan Carlos Matamoros, trombone) as well as the Community of Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Pedro Jorge, horn). The group has been together since January 2018.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist and his brassONEquintet
PC: Michal Novak.

* Duo2Arts!
A dance and music project cofounded with the ballerina Sherezade Soriano in June 2019. In fact, check the Duo2Arts! section for more content on this peculiar group.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist and his Duo2Arts! & David Jiménez
Poster: Amaya Pollo.

*Duo Basso Continuo
A tuba and piano duo cofounded with the pianist David Jimenez. Ever since April of 2019 that they started presenting recitals due to destiny and for that reason, they decided to transform this collaboration into a project in April 2020.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist and his Duo Basso Continuo
At the Gijón Conservatory of Music before the creation of the Duo Basso Continuo. May 2019. PC: David Muñoz.

*SylvaDúo
A tuba and percussion duo cofounded with the percussionist Francisco Amado. Thought of during the summer of 2020, the duo presented its first performance on August 27th.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist and his SylvaDúo
Poster: Reme Zapater.
AVID CHAMBER MUSICIAN

He has performed with ensembles such as World Brass (2018) and as a Zarin Mehta fellow with musicians from the New York Philharmonic and the American Brass Quintet (2016).

Performing with WorldBrass at the SwissChamber MusicCircle. March 2018.
Performing with WorldBrass at the SwissChamber MusicCircle. March 2018. PC: Peter Fischli.

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Performing with Ethan Bensdorf and Colin Williams of the New York Phil., Kevin Cobb of the American Brass Quintet plus Zarin Mehta fellow Nikki LaBonte. January 2016. PC: Chris Lee.

Besides, he has appeared with artists from the Chicago Symphony and the Ensemble Dal Niente in the MusicNOW contemporary music series (2016).

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World premiering “Where the moss glows” for 8 players, amplification & electronics by Katherine Young with musicians of the Chicago Symphony and the Ensemble Dal Niente conducted by Cliff Colnot. October 2016.

Moreover, New Music USA reviewed the following performance since “his gestures rumbled with high contrast” (2011):

Performing Wuorinen’s Never Again the Same for bass and tuba alongside David Salsbery Fry at the Tanglewood Music Center. August 2011.
EAGER SOLOIST

Jose embarked on a 2019 USA Recital Tour with stops at several respected institutions. Specifically, the University of Washington, Chicago Symphony Center, San Francisco Conservatory and Boston University.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist with Duo2Arts!
Duo2Arts! and pianist David Jiménez at the sacred grounds of Orchestra Hall in Chicago. November 2019. PC: YouTube thumbnail.

Previously, Martinez won 1st prize at the Luminarts Foundation Solo Competition (2016). Earlier, he was a runner-up at the Brookline Symphony Concerto Competition (2014).

A finalist at the Music Academy of the West and the Boston University Concerto Competitions (2015 and 2014 respectively), he also was a featured soloist at the Midwest Clinic International Conference with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (2015).

National Orchestra of Spain tubist performs the RVW tuba concerto
Performing the Ralph Vaughan Williams tuba concerto under the baton of James Ross alongside David Nelson, Joe LeFevre and Gene Pokorny in celebration of the centennial of Arnold Jacobs. December 2015.

Last but not least, Jose made it to the final round of the 2020 Busan Maru International Music Festival Concerto Competition — online edition — from Busan (South Korea) with awards being announced in October 2020.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist in finals for Busan Maru Competition
Busan Maru International Music Festival 2020 promotional brochure.
EMERGING EDUCATOR

Jose has exchanged knowledge with other musicians internationally. Specifically, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA, 2019), University of Washington (USA, 2019), Ensemble de Cuivres de Belgique Brass Festival (Belgium, 2019), Gravíssimo! Festival (Portugal, 2019), Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (Portugal, 2018), University of Guadalajara (Mexico, 2016) and also, at various summer workshops and institutions, including the Spanish National Orchestra Academy, in his home country.

Guest artist at the Gravíssimo! Low Brass International Academy and Festival. August 2019.
Guest artist at the Gravíssimo! Low Brass International Academy and Festival. August 2019.

Since the 2020/2021 academic year, he is on faculty at:

*Brass Academy Alicante (https://www.brassacademy.com)
*Forum Musikae Madrid (https://www.forummusikae.com)
*Musical Arts Madrid (https://musicalarts.es)

“LEARNER FOR LIFE”

Sergio Carolino dixit and one of his inspirations, Jose will forever be indebted to Mike Roylance, Gene Pokorny, Morten Agerup as well as Sergio Finca, his greatest influences. In fact, he is wordless to describe his gratitude to these individuals.

Equally important, Martinez is thankful for the guidance and support received from Alan Baer, Anne Jelle Visser, Chris Olka, Dennis Nulty, Don Lucas, Floyd Cooley, Ingemar Roos, Jimmy Olsson, Ramiro Tejero, Randy Hawes and Toby Oft.

In spite of the many teachers Jose studied with during his official formative years in Spain, they were fundamental. For instance, Juan Toledo, José Giner, Lorenzo Llovet, Jose Vicente Navarro, Hernández Guirado, Juan Jesús Ortiz, Miguel Fabra as well as José Miñana.

INSPIRED STUDENT

Jose attended the Chelva Regional School of Music (Elementary Studies), conservatories in Liria and Valencia (Professional Studies and Undergraduate Degree), Spanish Brass Tuba Academy (Private Studies) as well as the University of Valencia (Master of Musical Arts in Music Education) in Spain.

His desire to study abroad brought him to Sweden where he continued his development at the University of Gothenburg from 2010 till 2012 with a Master of Musical Arts in Orchestral Performance (and Chamber Music Studies).

Studies at the Chicago Negaunee Music Institute (Orchestral and Chamber Music Studies), New York Philharmonic Global Academy (Orchestral, Chamber Music and Arts Administration Studies) and Boston University College of Fine Arts (Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance) followed in the span from 2012 until 2020.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist DMA diploma
Doctorate at Boston University.

Crediting a great deal of progress to intensive summer studies at several other USA Institutions, Jose also attended the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West or the University of Redlands.

Most recently, as a restless individual, Doctor Martinez completed a 10-weeks certificate at Yale University during the world-wide pandemic of 2020.

Certificate of completion of the 10-weeks online course on The Science of Well-Being at Yale University. June 2020.
Certificate of completion of the 10-weeks online course on The Science of Well-Being at Yale University. June 2020.
GRATEFUL MULTIPLE SCHOLARSHIP-WINNING

A Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellow at the Union League Club of Chicago since 2016 until 2026, Jose received numerous awards that supported his career and avoided extraordinary expenses in the bosom of the family.

Indeed, the 2014-2016 “CaixaBank” Foundation Fellowship (Fulbright-equivalent) stands out. In a few words, Jose was the first brass player ever awarded with this grant since the creation of the Foundation in 1982.

Similarly, his studies abroad were supported by:

*Boston University Student Travel Assistance Fund (2013-2017, 2020)
*Negaunee Music Institute Scholarship (2016-2017)
*Boston University Merit Scholarships (2012-2014, 2016-2017)
*Spanish Association of Artists and Performers (2009, 2012, 2014-2016)
*Mr. John B. Haggerty and Ms. Susan W. Simons Sponsorship (2016)
*Zarin Mehta Fellowship (2016)
*Civic Orchestra of Chicago Engagement Ensembles Fellowship (2015-2016)
*Karl Kramer Family Foundation Full Scholarship (2015)
*Dr. and Mrs. John M. Palms Sponsorship (2015)
*Chicago Symphony Orchestral Association Scholarship (2014)
*Boston University Graduate Assistantship (2013-2014)
*Boston University Brass Department Honors Award (2013)
*William Medich Sponsorship (2013)
*Royal Swedish Academy of Music (2013)
*Valencia Institute of Music (2009, 2012)
*Jerker Nilsson Fellowship (2012)
*Omar del Carlo Fellowship (2011-2012)
*Adlerbertska Foundation (2010-2012)
*Ibercaja Bank (2010-2011)
*Liria International Young Performers Competition Award (2010)
*Fundación Promete (2009-2010)
*Oviedo Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Foundation Fellowship (2008)

Subsequently, Jose Martinez became a member of the USA Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society in 2020.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist Alpha Kappa diploma
CHELVA SYMPHONY WIND BAND + MEMORIES

In brief, where it all started back in 1998!

National Orchestra of Spain tubist performs with the Chelva Symphony Wind Band
Pangea with soloist extraordinaire Abraham Cupeiro. August 2020.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist performs with the Chelva Symphony Wind Band
Chelva Symphony Wind Band, conducted by Henrie Adams, at the Catarroja National Wind Band Competition for a 1st prize. October 2018. PC: València Extra.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist with his mom
The first time Jose had his mom in the audience for a performance of the National Orchestra of Spain was consequently another special day. November 2017. PC: Vicen Martínez.

National Orchestra of Spain tubist performs with the Chelva Symphony Wind Band
Chelva Symphony Wind Band, under the baton of Juan Manuel Alarcón, at the Altea International Wind Band Competition for a 2nd prize. May 2010. PC: YouTube thumbnail.

A special day when Jose joined the ranks of the Chelva Symphony Wind Band
A special day when Jose joined the ranks of the Chelva Symphony Wind Band. November 1998.

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