Lauded by the New York Times as “compelling, elegant, and incisive,” Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist who combines “panache and poetry” (Dallas Morning News) with a “sense of grace and clarity” (The Star Ledger).
Ms. Martinez has already amassed an impressive list of recital, concerto, and chamber music performance credits. Since making her orchestral debut at age 7, Ms. Martinez has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Fort Worth, Pacific and San Francisco Symphonies, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, MDR Rundfunkorchester, Nurnberger Philharmoniker, Symphonisches Staatsorchester Halle in Germany, and she regularly performs with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. She has performed under the batons of conductors Gustavo Dudamel, James Gaffigan, Lawrence Foster, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Marcelo Lehninger, Giordano Bellincampi, Diego Matheuz, Christian Vasquez, Guillermo Figueroa, and Pedro and Cristobal Halffter among many others.
Ms. Martinez has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall (New York); Grosses Festspielhaus (Salzburg); Semperoper (Dresden); Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen); Palace of Versailles (Paris); Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto); Verbier Festival (Switzerland); Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, and Rockport festivals (U.S.A.); Festival de Radio France et Montpellier; and Tokyo International Music Festival.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Martinez has collaborated with numerous musicians and ensembles including Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, and the Takács and Calder quartets. Passionate about contemporary music, Ms. Martinez’s wide ranging career regularly includes performances and world premieres by living composers. This season, Ms. Martinez will premiere a solo piano piece by Mason Bates, as well as works by American composers Dan Visconti and Adam Schoenberg.
Ms. Martinez has won numerous national and international prizes and awards. Her most recent accomplishments include first prize and audience award at the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden. She was a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received a Jury Discretionary Award.
Ms. Martinez began her piano studies in Caracas with her mother Alicia Gaggioni, earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, and worked on her doctoral studies with Marco Antonio de Almeida in Halle, Germany. Committed to arts advocacy, Ms. Martinez was a member of the fellowship “Ensemble ACJW—The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall,” and is on the Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University in New Jersey.