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Ricardo Martinez is Assistant Professor of Practice in Saxophone at Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific. Martinez has performed concerts internationally in France, Scotland, and Japan. He has performed frequently at major conferences including the International Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance, American Single Reed Summit, and World Saxophone Congress and has been broadcasted several times on WFIU Public Radio.
An avid chamber musician, Martinez was Grand Prize Winner in the 2019 9th Plowman Chamber Music Competition and First Prize Winner in the 2017 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. At University of the Pacific, Martinez has collaborated with the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet, artists-in-residence at the Conservatory of Music. A supporter of new music, Martinez frequently participates in consortiums, collaborates with composers, and has performed at Society of Composers, Inc., and Midwest Composers Symposium.
As an orchestral musician, Martinez has performed with the California Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and University Orchestra at Jacobs, as well as the San Jose Wind Symphony. Martinez has been invited to teach and perform at Stanford University, CSU Summer Arts, and the Indiana University Summer Saxophone Academy. He serves as a clinician in Northern California and actively adjudicates solo and ensemble festivals with CMEA Bay Section.
Martinez studied under acclaimed saxophone virtuoso Eugene Rousseau at the University of Minnesota, as well as Jean-Yves Fourmeau in France, where he obtained the Médaille d’Or in saxophone and chamber music with honors at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise. Martinez earned a Master of Music and is completing a Doctor of Music with minors in Music Education and Wind Conducting at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Otis Murphy, where he held the position of associate instructor in saxophone. Additional teachers include David Henderson and William Trimble.