photo Nadir Aslam

photo Nadir Aslam

Gilbert Martinez

harpsichord

Harpsichord and conductor Gilbert Martinez is the artistic director of MusicSources, a Bay Area arts institution cultivating interest in early music, and now entering its 29th Season. Since 2005, he has curated its important collection of early keyboard instruments and expanded its unique concert series to feature performers, scholars, teachers and students from all over the world.

He studied harpsichord from an early age with Wm. Neil Roberts, and subsequently at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Laurette Goldberg, the original founder of MusicSources and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He furthered his studies in Italy with Baroque opera pioneer and harpsichordist Alan Curtis.

Martinez’s recent solo performances have featured the complete works for harpsichord of Jean-Philippe Rameau, performed entirely from memory, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s life (1683-1764).

In the realm of Baroque opera, he was Alan Curtis’ assistant conductor with Berkeley/West Edge Opera, in a critically acclaimed production of Handel’s Xerxes. With the same company, Gilbert Martinez conducted a wildly popular production of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. In the summer of 2015, he leads a major production of Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses.

Currently living part-time in Copenhagen, Denmark, Martinez has performed as a featured soloist for European Early Music Day, The Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival, Midsommerbarok Festival and Tidlig Musik i Danmark.