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Mr. Martinez has enjoyed a professional career as a flutist, including nine years as principal flutist/ co-director of the West Valley Symphony and Tonkunstler Verein Woodwind Ensemble of Los Angeles. As a soloist, he has toured Mexico, performed for the United Nations, and appeared on NBC's Today Show. Currently, he can be heard on the Music House label for composer William Belote, and is the flutist with the Los Angeles-based Lotus Ensemble. He is also a conducting prodigy of Dr. Jon Robertson of UCLA. As a graduate of San Diego State University with a Master's degree in Music Composition, Robert Martinez has composed for commercial music, including the Harris' Department Store chain music and film music for Planned Parenthood.
The City of Bakersfield commissioned Mr. Martinez to write its official All American City March, and the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce honored him with a Beautiful Bakersfield Award for the arts in 1992. In 1994 he received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development's Award for Teaching Excellence in Music.
Mr. Martinez celebrated a world premier of his composition, "Of Clay, Will, and Divinity," March 15, 1998. This premier work (a symphonic overture) was for the commemoration of the Bakersfield Centennial, commissioned by the Bakersfield Symphony, John Farrer, Director. In November of 1998, The Arts Council of Kern awarded Robert Martinez with their most prestigious award for excellence in musical arts (conducting, composition, and education) 1998.