Dr. Oscar Everaldo Martinez

Applied Violin and Viola

Biography

Dr. Oscar Everaldo Martinez studied violin performance at the Francisco Diaz Zelaya Conservatory of Music in his home county of Honduras. Martinez came to the U.S. in 2000 to study violin and earned his American performance degree in violin from Southern Louisiana University and a master's and doctoral degrees in violin performance from Texas Tech University. He has worked with renowned teachers, including Olga Kim (Russian violinist), Hernan Cortez (Mexican Violinist), Eddi Marcano (Venezuelan Violinist), Yakov Voldman (Moscow State Conservatory), mentor Elizabeth Clendenning (Cleveland Orchestra), and Composer Chen Yi.

Martinez has performed recitals and masterclasses across the country and is currently the concertmaster for the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and the conductor for the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony program. He lives in Bismarck with his wife Natalia and their daughter Isabella. Dr. Martinez teaches Applied Violin and Viola, Music Theory III, String Methods, String Ensemble, and Orchestra at the University of Mary.

Dr. Martinez has won numerous awards for solo and chamber music competitions. While at TTU, he was granted the Best Teaching Assistant Award and was a finalist in the concerto competition. Martinez has also been influential in developing and supporting music programs in Honduras and Central America.

Martinez played first violin for ten years in the Sinfonica Nacional De Honduras (Honduran National Symphony) and served as concertmaster for several groups. He was first violin with the Contrastes String Quartet, which toured many Central American concert halls. Dr. Martinez conducted the school Orchestra at Southern Louisiana University, in which he was a featured soloist and had his own compositions featured. He has appeared at summer festivals across the country and played with symphony orchestras in Baton Rouge, Biloxi, Mobile, Midland-Odessa, Abilene, Roswell, Aberdeen, Bismarck, Minot, and Bemidji. He has premiered works written for him at the Hazlerig Festival in Colorado, Cuerdas de Enlace Festival, Texas A&M International University, Texas Tech, South Plains Suzuki Foundation, Suzuki School of Music, and at the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra. Martinez is affiliated with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, serving as first violin with the LSO Quartet, principal second violinist of the orchestra, and as a coach and leader to the Lubbock Symphony Youth Orchestra program.

Martinez has had projects published in The American String Teachers Association Magazine and String Magazine. He has also served as a guest lecturer, discussing the evolution of Latin-American music in America. Martinez has composed music for a Viola ensemble, and a piece for Violin Solo called La Conquista (a mythological story of the conquest of Honduras). Dr. Martinez has also developed didactic materials and has furnished hundreds of arrangements of classical and Latin-American compositions for his ensembles. His viola choir arrangements of Latin American music were showcased at the Texas Music Educator Association convention in San Antonio, Texas, in 2008. Martinez’s work is published by Gebruder Stark Musikverlag in Leipzig and distributed by Incienso and Mi Tierra labels. He has been featured on radio stations and TV in the USA, Honduras, and Germany. In 2017 the production of B’L’Attitude CD “Elevated Love” was released under his label.