Gilbert Martinez

Gilbert
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Gilbert Martinez, a native of San Francisco and resident of Copenhagen, Denmark, is the Artistic Director of MusicSources, an organization serving Northern California's thriving early music community. He became its current director in 1995, and quickly expanded its collection of early keyboard instruments, as well as broadening its international concert series and educational outreach.
Originally from Los Angeles, Martinez studied harpsichord since a very young age, his first teacher being Wm. Neil Roberts. Subsequently, he studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Laurette Goldberg, the founder of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and MusicSources. Finally he studied in Italy with Alan Curtis, and has received much continued support from him.
Mr. Martinez was assistant conductor to Alan Curtis in a critically acclaimed Berkeley/West Edge Opera production of Handel's "SERSE." He created the West Edge Baroque Orchestra for this wildly successful production, and the orchestra was singled out for its perfect ensemble by The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, and the Wall Street Journal. Gilbert Martinez was responsible for a significant revival of "Delizie di Posilipo, Boscarecce e Maritime, 1620" in a co-production with the University of California at Santa Cruz and MusicSources. This culminated in a fully staged multi-media event that involved over 50 students, scholars and performers of Italian renaissance music and was an attempt to recreate the original choreography, costumes, scenery and "special effects" according to the eyewitness accounts from the period. Last season, he conducted a new production of Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea" with West Edge Opera.
As a soloist he recently performed the complete harpsichord works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, entirely from memory, in concerts in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Canada, as well as opening the International Gesualdo Festival in Copenhagen 2013. Other highlights include performing live on European radio and television for European Early Music Day.