JOAQUIN MARTINEZ


Testimonial

Born in Havana in May 1989, he began studying music in Paulita Concepcion Elementary School in 1999, specializing in clarinet. At age 12 was incorporated into the Children's Symphony Orchestra of Havana. In 2005 is presented by their teacher Vicente Monterrey to Contest woodwinds and won First Prize and Prize for the best interpretation of Cuban Music. 2006 is selected by their teachers to integrate the quintet Boys of Havana I participate from 9 to 15 January at the 13th Barbados Jazz Festival. There he met and shared the stage with jazz musicians like Roy Hargrove, Horacio El Negro , Giosvani Hidalgo, Arturo Tappin and others.In November 2006 he participated in the prestigious International Competition of Young Jazz Musicians, Jojazz which won third prize for interpretation. Being the youngest participant of the event in which the Maestro Chucho Valdez is the Honorary Chairman. The Cuban Ministry of Culture decided to create a Jazz Band on that year, given them the opportunity to show the highest levels of young jazz musicians in Cuba and appointed Master Joaquin Betancourt, Latin Grammy Award, as the organizer of the project. Joaquin is selected as saxophonist Jazz Band where he remained until 2011. In 2007, he was chosen to participate in the Canadian project , traveled to Canada where he received a summer course in the field of Jazz Acadia University and was also presented with different scenarios JazzBand in Nova Scotia . In October 2010 during the visit of Wynton Marsalis in Cuba he was one of the young jazz players who caught his attention and was invited to perform at the final concert of the Jazz Lincoln Center of New York in the Mella Theater in Havana. Joaquin has been invited by prominent Cuban saxophonist Cesar Lopez to exchange and share the stage. He has also participated in recordings with leading professionals Jazz. In April 2011, participated in the event Galician Connection, and was invited by maestro Paquito de Rivera to play with him, the issue "I Remember Dizz".

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