February 24, 2018 – Romantic Masterpieces
Martin Camacho, soloist
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Tchaikovsky: Symphonyn No.4
Martin Camacho, D.M.A., M.B.A. has won eighteen competitions in Mexico, Cuba, and the United States, and is considered one of the most important Mexican pianists of his generation. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras in the United States, Cuba and Mexico, including Mexico’s State Orchestra and Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, and has performed extensively as a recitalist in the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Cuba, Japan, Norway, Italy, Croatia, Serbia and Mexico. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras in the US, and toured as soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, performing in more than fifteen cities in the USA and Canada. Dr. Camacho is very active in chamber and collaborative music with singers and other instrumentalists. In 2009 he made his Carnegie Hall Debut Recital to great acclaim before a sold-out hall.
Appearances in 2016 and 2017 include several recitals in the US, Mexico, Croatia, and Cuba, in concert halls ranging from Harvard University to Sala Dolores in Cuba, and includes performing Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 and Grieg’s A-minor piano concerto with Oriente Symphony Orchestra and Tchaikovsky B-flat piano concerto with Holguin Symphony in Cuba. His recent release of Armengol, a CD with the 22 Cuban Dances of Mario Ruiz Armengol under Urtext Digital Classics label, has been received to great acclaim.
Camacho’s expertise in Mexican and Latin American music has led to several presentations in national and international conferences of lectures and recitals. He has been the recipient of Mexico’s National Endowment for the Arts (FONCA) prestigious grant for his dissemination of Mexican music.
Martin Camacho is Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts in addition to serving on the faculty of the Department of Music. Dr. Camacho was born in Mexico City, and began his piano studies in that city at Escuela Superior de Música. He continued his studies at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree Summa Cum Laude in 1993. He received a Master of Music degree in 1997 and a Professional Studies diploma in 1999 from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of pianist Sergei Babayan. Dr. Camacho completed his doctoral studies in 2006 at the University of Miami in the studio of pianist Ivan Davis, and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Barry University.