Pascual Martinez Forteza, Honorary Cityzen of Benifaió since 2004, joined the New York Philharmonic as Second Clarinet in May 2001 after a tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where he had been Second Clarinet since 1998. From 1999-2000, he also served as that orchestra’s Acting Associate Principal Clarinet. Prior to his appointment in Cincinnati, Mr. Martinez Forteza was Assistant Principal Clarinet of the Symphony Orchestra of Baleares, Spain, from 1991-1998. He also performed with Madrid’s National Orchestra of Spain from 1993-1995.
After earning a professor’s degree from the Baleares and Barcelona Superior Music Conservatories, Mr. Martinez Forteza pursued advanced studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. There, he received first prize in the University’s 1998 Concerto Competition. His principal teachers have included Yehuda Gilad, Guy Deplus, and Pascual Vicente Martinez. In addition, Mr. Martinez Forteza has performed in master classes under Andrew Marriner, Anthony Pay, Enrique Perez, Michele Zukovsky, Mitchel Lurie, and Walter Seyfarth.
Clarinetist Martinez Forteza was the special guest from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the Spanish Music Concert Series called “Sketches of Spain” –Spanish music performed by Spanish musicians-, created by pianist Gema Nieto. He supported, together with pianist Nieto, the great talented young Spanish musicians that study in the USA. As a Duo, Nieto and Martínez Forteza made last year their Weill Recital Carnegie Hall debut, after which they were invited to a numerous different cities to perform, like Valencia -Spain, Chanchung -China, and New York -USA, among others.
Mr. Martínez Forteza is also a frequent guest teacher in Mannes School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Julliard School, all in New York.