Ricardo Eddy Martinez “Edito” - Bio - Composers in Residence
Ricardo Eddy Martinez “Edito”, was born in Havana, Cuba on December 5th, 1954. He started his musical studies very early. A pupil of prestigious professors in Cuba, studied piano, percussion, guitar and later on harmony, counterpoint, instrumentation and orchestration. Along his career he has participated in a large number of projects with international artists as composer, musician, arranger, conductor and producer, artists like Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Julio Iglesias, Rita Moreno, Johnny Mathis, Regina Belle, Paloma San Basilio, Chayanne, Azucar Moreno, Arturo Sandoval, Chick Corea, Paquito D’ Rivera, The London Symphony Orchestra and The New World Symphony Orchestra, among others. Some of his works have been nominated for the Grammy Awards many times and received a Grammy Latino in 2016. Awarded a number of platinum and gold records for the sales of his record production works. He lives in the United States since 1980.
“Contrapunto is my humble tribute to Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval who were my icons and mentors as well as “Irakere” group when I started to write my first pieces with jazz flavor. This work is a part of a serie of symphonic poems I am composing as an homage to all my music professors in my early career. I am blessed having the opportunity to premiere Contrapunto conducted by maestro Marturet with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, his love and support, as well as counting on my dear friends maestros Ed Calle and Osvaldo Fleites as soloists”