London based Spanish violinist Paula Martinez is a busy professional musician, in demand as a soloist, recitalist and orchestral player. As a broadcaster she has recorded for BBC Television and Spanish Radio.
A keen chamber musician, Paula performs regularly with the Venezuelan guitarist Miguel Clavijo and with the pianists Sergey Bezrodny (duo partner of Vladimir Spivakov) and Marco Fatichenti. These duos have taken her to venues across London and throughout the UK and Spain, to critical acclaim.
A gifted orchestral player, Paula led the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and went on to play with the European Youth Orchestra. Since then she has played in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berlin Konzerthaus, St. Petersburg Auditorium and Birmingham Symphony Hall etc. She regularly freelances with the finest symphonic ensembles including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and under the baton of numerous famous conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Günther Schuller and Benjamin Zander, among others.
Paula began her studies at an early age with Lev Chistiakov, formerly of the Moscow Conservatory. She graduated from Conservatorio Superior De Musica Eduardo Martinez Torner with the highest honours for performance. In 2002 she came to the Royal College of Music, London, to further her training with Itzhak Rashkovsky and in 2004 she was specially selected by the RCM to study at the New England Conservatory in Boston with the eminent violinist James Buswell. In the same year Paula won a place at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. On returning to England Paula has studied privately with Evgeny Grach of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Paula’s talent has been recognised by such violinists as Gyorgy Pauk, Gordan Nikolitch, Isabelle van Keulen, Boris Belkin and Ulf Hoelscher.
Paula wishes to thank the Spanish Ministry of Education, JONDE “Caja Madrid” and the New England Conservatory for their help and support.