Odaline de la Martinez is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation
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Cuban American composer and conductor Odaline de la Martinez pursues a demanding and successful career composing – particularly opera, conducting repertoire from Mozart symphonies to the latest contemporary music, and recording CDs often with LORELT (Lontano Records) which she founded in 1992. Martinez studied at Tulane University (USA) and the Royal Academy of Music, where she founded her ensemble Lontano in 1976. Martinez was the first woman in history to conduct a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. With Lontano she has travelled the world
“Intensity and economy of utterance……conductor Odaline de la Martinez drew deft playing….” The Independent
She has received numerous awards including a Marshall Scholarship from the British Government and a Guggenheim Fellowship (USA). Her first opera Sister Aimee: An American Legend (1984) was premiered at Tulane University in 1984, followed by two other productions at the Royal College of Music (1987) and in Marin County College, California (1995). Her second opera Imoinda (from her Slavery Opera Trilogy) (2005-2008), was commissioned by the Caribbean Women Writers’ Alliance (CWWA) with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund, England. The Crossing also from her Trilogy was commissioned by Tulane University and premiered in New Orleans in April 2013, while there as composer in residence. This work received its UK Premiere in November 2014 at the opening concert of The Fifth London Festival of American Music.
“For atmosphere, musical adventurousness and sheer fun it actually outscored the evening’s main concert a few hours earlier.” The Daily Telegraph
In 2015 Martinez was awarded an Opera America grant to make a video of Imoinda. Odaline de la Martinez is in demand throughout the world both as an orchestra and opera conductor and with her ensemble Lontano. She has recorded numerous CDs for LORELT, her own record label, as well as Summit, BMI, and Albany Records in the United States, Chandos, Metier and Conifer Classics in the UK and Da Capo in Denmark. As a musician she has acquired a remarkable reputation for her versatile and eclectic vision, and supreme ability to work with others to make the vision a reality.
“…excellent work from….Lontano, Odaline de la Martinez produced a performance that was musically first class.” Manchester Evening News