F.R.Martinez is a Cuban-born composer, pianist, arranger and producer. A graduate from the Juilliard School of Music, he studied with National Arts Award recipient David Diamond, also with Benjamin Lees and Vincent Persichetti. He is the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Grant as well as the Princess Grace Foundation Special Project Grant for outstanding original work in musical theater, including the theater piece Soul Ascending (2007).
Charleston Landscapes (for orchestra)Sonata for Piano and OboeSonata for Piano #2One Last Habanera (2 Oboes and English Horn)Three Fleeting Glimpses (Flute, Oboe, Cello)Dialogues (for Piano and Cello)Soul Ascending (a theater-dance piece)Duo for Oboe and English Horn, Piano Concerto 1
As an active composer in the Minneapolis area for the past several years, Heath Mathews has been called a "gifted young composer" who "writes with a clarity of musical voice." The compositional interests of Dr. Mathews include a wide range of musical genres and styles. Playing in rock and jazz groups in his youth, the composer draws influence equally from the vernacular music of contemporary culture, western art music, and world music.