Chamber Musician, Educator
“I am thoroughly pleased with the reliability and quality of sound that I am able to achieve with Légère reeds. Légère reeds are consistent from day-to-day offering me peace of mind while performing and they have a quick response and evenness of sound throughout the entire register.” – Ricardo Martinez
A highly evolved saxophone player with a deep interest in commissioning new works, Ricardo Martinez has performed world premieres by composers Sophie Lacaze, Robert Lemay and Denis Badault, and has toured in France, Scotland, and the United States. Martinez was featured soloist with the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise Wind Ensemble in a performance of André Waignian’s Deux Mouvements. He was a finalist in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
Concerto Competition, the Indiana University Woodwind Concerto Competition, and the Latin American Music Recording Competition.
As a chamber musician Martinez has performed with the University Orchestra at Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Silicon Valley Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Boulogne-Billancourt Saxophone Ensemble, Montpellier Saxophone Ensemble, and Cergy Saxophone Quartet. He was first prize winner in the MTNA East Central Division Chamber Music Competition with the Melos Saxophone Quartet.
He has performed as part of various popular music ensembles including the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble at Indiana University, Cabrera Quintet, and has collaborated with Gammy Award winning artists Adam Del Monte and Gonzalo Grau. Classically, he has taken an interest in programming unique works for saxophone by Latin American composers.
Martinez studied under acclaimed saxophonist Eugene Rousseau at the University of Minnesota, as well as Jean-Yves Fourmeau, and Philippe Braquart in France. He obtained the Medaille d’Or in saxophone and chamber music with honors at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise in France and completed his Masters of Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the guidance of Otis Murphy. He currently holds the tenor saxophone chair with the San Jose Wind Symphony, the West Coast's premier wind symphony, and teaches privately in the San Francisco Bay Area. Martinez is a proud sponsor of Légère Reeds and performs on Yamaha saxophones.