Edna Marcil M. Martinez
Professor 7

String and Chamber Music

MM, Musicology, University of the Philippines Diliman, 1995
BM, Music Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman, 1985
TD, Viola , University of the Philippines, 1985

Organizations/Performing Group:

UP Arco - The University of the Philippines String Orchestra (formerly UP String Chamber Orchestra), Artistic - Music Director, Conductor, 1998 – Present
UP Orchestra (UPCMu-based Student Orch) - Music Director, Conductor , 2006 – Present
Athenaeum String Quartet - Founding Member/ Violist, 1985-Present
State-Varsity Christian Fellowship (UP Diliman Chapter) - Member 1979 - 1985 / Faculty Adviser 2010 – Present
NPO-WFAO - World Federation of Amateur Orchestras - Member, 2010 – Present
Clarion Chamber Ensemble - Member / Violist, 2002 – 2008
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, - Corporation Member, 1985-Present, Board Of Trustees Member, 2006-2009

Awards and Recognition:

U.P. ARTIST III, University of the Philippines Artist Productivity System (APS) Award, 2018-2020
Special Award of the Jury : For the Best Musical Interpretation of Andante Festivo by Sibelius , 2nd Music Festa Florence – International festival of Choirs and Orchestras ( Florence, Italy 2016 )
Gold Award String Orchestra Category, (Conductor, U.P Arco) , 2nd Music Festa Florence – International festival of Choirs and Orchestras ( Florence, Italy 2016 )
Silver Band String Orchestra Category, 7th International Youth Music Festival – International Festival of Choirs and Orchestras - String Orchestra Category (Bratislava, Slovakia 2015)
Awarded BEST BOOK IN THE ART CATEGORY of the National Book Awards for “The Life and Works of MARCELO ADAONAY” given by the Manila Readers Circle and the National Book Development Board (Manila Metropolitan Museum, 2010)
Citation : Outstanding Alumni Award for Practice of Profession Quezon City Science High School (Sept. 17, 2006)
First Prize – Chamber Music Category (Athenaeum String Quartet), National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA, Manila, Philippines, 1985)

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. 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 the UP College of Music 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 master classes under internationally-acclaimed artists such as violist Norbert Blume, violinists Christoph Poppen and Carmencita Lozada. She is founding member of the all-female group, Athenaeum String Quartet which she established in 1985 with colleagues from the U.P. College of Music and has remained active to this day.

Her experience in orchestra performance began as a violist in the children’s orchestra Pasaknungan Philippines under Prof. Vicente Sales, then with the Philippine Youth Orchestra, the Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the Manila Chamber Orchestra under the batons of Prof. Sergio Esmilla and Prof. Regalado Jose respectively. Michi was likewise collaborative violist with previous seasons and international performances of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra in its conceptual years.

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