We are delighted to announce the Cuban-American composer Odaline de la Martinez has joined Composers Edition.“I’m thrilled to have joined Composers Edition with all the possibilities that this company creates and excited at the chance to have my music made available to the public. Dan Goren and Sam Roberts are full of fantastic information and their commitment and passion to the edition and its future is outstanding. Long live Composers Edition.”
A most dynamic and gifted musician with a distinguished reputation in the international music scene, Odaline de la Martinez pursues a demanding and successful career. She has focused on her composing work since the late 1990s with much success in writing opera. Since 2005, Martinez has been writing her Slavery Opera Trilogy. In 2015 Imoinda (Part I) received a major composition award from Opera America to work with Opera Ebony in New York City and produced a video of the opera, released in December 2015.
Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Martinez was brought up and educated in the USA, furthering her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London and University of Surrey.
As well as radio recordings for the BBC and commercial recordings for Metier, Chandos, Conifer, BMI, Summit, Da Capo, Albany and her own label, Lorelt Records, she is also known as a broadcaster for BBC Radio and Television. Martinez was interviewed and featured as composer and conductor in a two hour radio programme for Swiss Radio, introduced composers for BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week, and participated in Channel 4 television series featuring women composers.
Odaline de la Martinez and Lontano are in residence at Kings College University of London working with composers throughout the academic year. She is also trustee of The Mornington Trust that has been responsible for community and educational work in London boroughs since 2000. Presently the charity is involved in a eight-year project working with Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities in the East of London.
Initial publications on Composers Edition include chamber, vocal and string compositions, ‘Canciones de Lorca’ recently reviewed by the New York Times as well as ‘Imoinda‘, an opera for five voices, chorus and orchestra. Discover more in her catalogue here.