Edna Marcil "Michi" Martinez

Assistant Professor, Strings and Chamber Music Department
College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Email: martinezmichi@yahoo.com


Master of Music, Musicology, UP, 1994 Master of Arts, SPED (15 units), UP Diliman Bachelor of Music, Music Literature, UP, 1985 Teacher's Diploma, Viola, UP, 1985

List of Major Research Outputs / Affiliation to any group/s "The Life and Works of Marcelo Adonay". UP Press 2009 "The Life and Significant Works of Col. Antonino Buenaventura: An analysis of 3 of his major works". (unpublished thesis) "CCP Encyclopedia of Culture and the Arts (writer) Violist - Athenaeum String Quartet Member/ Violist - The Clarion Chamber Ensemble Foundaton Member - Musicological Society of the Philippines

Prof. Edna Marcil "Michi" Martinez is a graduate of the U.P. College of Music. She holds a Teacher's Diploma in Viola, a Bachelor's Degree in Music Literature and a Master of Music Degree in Musicology. For her masteral thesis she wrote on The Life and Works of Antonino Buenaventura. She holds the distinction as the first Viola graduate of the University of the Philippines. She first started to learn the piano at an early age from her mother, then at seven years old learned the violin with Prof. Vicente Sales and Mr Primitivo Marcelo. She later shifted to the Viola, the instrument of her choice at age 12 and was under the tutelage of Prof. Celso Estrella for many years until his retirement from the UP College of Music. Michi then continued to be mentored by Prof. Rizal Reyes also at the UP until her graduation from college. In the summers of 1987 and 1989, she was under the tutelage of the imminent Australian Violist and Chamber Music Artist Winifred Durie. She has also attended masterclasses under internationally-acclaimed artists such as violist Norbert Blume, violinists Christoph Poppen and Carmencita Lozada.

Michi Martinez was a member of the Phil. Youth Orchestra, then moved on to be a part of the Professional Orchestras - Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra, the Manila Chamber Orchestra, under the batons of Prof. Regalado Jose, Sergio Esmilla respectively and the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under Prof. Rodel Colmenar. She continues to do collaborative work, especially with the local orchestras as guest violist for their concert seasons, special concerts or recordings. She has been part of the Philippine orchestras which performed with international artists such as: tenors Luciano Pavarotti, Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, pianists Cecile Licad and Peter Donohue. Michi is a founding-member of the Athenaeum String Quartet, the only all-female quartet in the country since 1985, and is also one of the founding members of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble; for which she has been performing regularly as violist for its concert seasons since its founding in 2001.

At present, Michi is teaching full-time and is chair of the Strings and Chamber Music Department of the U.P. College of Music and has been co-faculty in charge and conductor of the U.P. Orchestra and the U.P. String Chamber Orchestra respectively. As an orchestra conductor, she counts as her first mentor, the late Prof. Reynaldo Paguio, former Dean of the UP College of Music and director of the world-acclaimed UP Concert Chorus. It is him to whom Michi credits much of her good foundation in conducting. Her many years of work as a professional orchestra musician likewise helped her gain added insight and depth in the study of orchestra literature. She recently worked under Maestros Harold Farbermann and Eduardo Navega of the Conductor's Institue in Bard College, New York and was priveleged to do a masterclass and have special lessons with the Internationally-reknowned conductor Maestra Helen Quach on her recent visits to the Philippines.

Michi continues to keep active her career as a Musicologist. She was part of the Research Team for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival that featured the Philippines in 1998 at Washington D.C., USA. She was also the music researcher of the museology team that established the Museo Ilokos in Laoag, Ilocos Norte in 2000, and co-authored the book on Marcelo Adonay, a leading Filipino composer in the early 19th century. The first volume was published by the U.P. Press and was launched on September 2009.