Maximiliano Martín

Principal Clarinet

MARTIN Maximiliano

Spanish Clarinettist and international soloist Maximiliano Martín is one of the most exciting and charismatic musicians of his generation. He combines his position of Principal Clarinet of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with solo, chamber music engagements and masterclasses all around the world.

Martin has made his debut as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the world's most prestigious venues including the BBC Proms Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Library of Congress in Washington, Mozart Hall in Seoul, Laeiszhalle Hamburg in Germany, Slovenian Philharmonic’s Hall in Ljubljana, Durban City Hall in South Africa, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Teatro Monumental in Madrid, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Auditorio de Tenerife and Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Highlights of the past years have included concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Real Filarmonía de Galicia, Orquesta Filarmónica de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductors such as Brüggen, Ticciati, Manze, Antonini, Swensen, Zacharias, Schuldt and González. He performs regularly with ensembles and artists such as London Conchord Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, Doric and Casals String Quartets, Francois Leleux, Pekka Kuusisto, Alexander Janiczek, Llŷr Williams, Kris Bezuidenhout and Julian Milford. Martin also enjoys collaborations in festivales like the Edinburgh International Festival, East Neuk Festival, Paxton Chamber Music Festival, Oxford May Music Festival, Chichester Arts Festival, Stift Chamber Music Festival in Amsterdam, Festival de Música de Canarias and Stifts Konzerte in Austria.

His extensive discography includes Mozart and Weber Clarinet Concertos with SCO (LINN), Strauss Duet Concertino with Ticciati/Whelan (LINN), two recital discs Fantasia and Vibraciones del Alma (LINN), Divertimento SCO Wind Soloists (LINN), Beethoven Chamber Music for Winds (LINN), Messiaen's Quartet for the end of the Time with Hebrides Ensemble (LINN), Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with Julian Milford (CHR), Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with the Badke Quartet (CHR) and two discs with London Conchord Ensemble, From Vienna (CHR) and St Petersburg (Orchid Classics), a Stephen Dodgson's chamber music disc with Karolos Ensemble (NAXOS) and Nigel Osborne’s Music disc with Hebrides Ensemble (DELPHIAN). Numerous broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 have included the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto, Copland Clarinet Concerto, Poulenc Sextet and Beethoven’s Quintet for Piano and Winds and Brahms Clarinet Trio and Quintet.

In May 2017 Maxi premiered a new Clarinet Concerto "Llanto" specially written for him and SCO by New Zealand composer Lyell Creswell to great critical acclaim. In February 2020 he will give the premiere of a new commissioned clarinet Concerto, Travesía, by Spanish composer Gustavo Trujillo.

Often invited as a guest principal clarinettist, Martin has frequently appeared with orchestras such as Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orquesta de Cadaqués, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Abbado, Haitink, Colin Davis, Mackerras, Marriner, Krivine and Litton.

Martin is also active in the education field giving masterclasses in places like the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern School of Music, Conservatorio Superior de Canarias, UC Davis University in San Francisco (USA) and Malmo Academy of Music (Sweden). Martin is Visiting Clarinet Professor at the University of Kangnam in Seoul, South Korea.

He is one of the Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Festival of La Villa de La Orotava, held every year in his home town. Maximiliano Martín is a Buffet Crampon Artist and plays with Buffet Tosca Clarinets.

Born in La Orotava (Tenerife), he studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Tenerife, Barcelona School of Music and at the Royal College of Music in London where he held the prestigious Wilkins-Mackerras Scholarship, graduated with distinction and received the Frederick Thurston prize. His teachers have included Joan Enric Lluna, Richard Hosford and Robert Hill. Martin was a prizewinner in the Howarth Clarinet Competition of London and at the Bristol Chamber Music International Competition.