“The music was so tender, it was completely not what I expected. It was power and strength under control. It was really focused, and it really spoke to me”, says David Nevue, founder of Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, as he introduces Michael Martinez as the 2019 album of the year nominee to a full crowd at the Cultural Arts Center in Roswell, Georgia. It is no surprise that Michael’s new album Asilomar got nominated out of 150 albums.
Michael Martinez has a talent that began blossoming at a young age. He started playing piano at age 11, and soon thereafter began composing captivating melodies. Michael’s astonishing command of melody and emotion was beginning to be noticed and attracted acclaimed New Age pianist Jonathon Lee, and at age 13, Michael subsequently became his protegé. In 2004, Michael took over Lee’s position as The Grand Piano Man for the Big Sur International Marathon. He has played annually for thousands of runners on the nine-foot concert grand piano at the famous Bixby Bridge turnout ever since.
“Each of us seeks that magical place where we feel serenity and relaxation. I always try to be vulnerable enough so people can literally feel who I am when I play”, says Michael. Listeners can attest to that because they feel the authenticity in Michael’s playing. With joint concerts performed with Jim Chappell, Joe Bongiorno, and numerous Whisperings pianists, Michael is becoming a prominent artist in the solo piano genre worth noticing.
Michael’s style is a blend between New Age and Classical and has been described as heartfelt, cinematic, and reflective.