Virginia Martínez

27-November 15:45h-18:00h

Gender equality in classical music

Virginia Martínez has a bachelor’s degree in Piano and Harmony, and she received a scholarship from the Seneca Foundation to study Orchestra Conducting at the Vienna Conservatory under Georg Mark and Reinhard Schwarz, graduating after conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra with “distinction and special mention”.

She has since conducted orchestras such as the Spanish National Orchestra, Wiener Kammerorchester, Vienna Conservatory Orchestra, Montpellier National Orchestra, Brasilia National Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra of Singapore and National Orchestra of Santo Domingo, where she collaborates with Philippe Entremon, among others.

In January 2004, she was named “Youth of the Year” by the Youth Office of the Murcia region and assistant to Bertrand de Billy at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In December 2009, she toured the United States and gave concerts at McCormick Place in Chicago and Lincoln Center in New York.

In 2016, the city of Molina de Segura opened the Virginia Martínez Fernández Auditorium in her honour.

Last January, she was distinguished in the ninth annual “Women of the Year” awards by the national magazine Mujer Hoy. On 8th March, she was named “Murcian Woman of 2018” by the Autonomous Community of Murcia for being “one of the most important young orchestra conductors on the international stage” and for “her qualities as a person and as an educator”, the result of her tireless efforts to bring classical music closer to young people.

She is currently the Principal Conductor of the Youth Orchestra of the Region of Murcia (Spanish acronym: OJRM) and Resident Conductor and Artistic Director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Region of Murcia (Spanish acronym: OSRM).