One of only a handful of musicians having been nominated several times for a GRAMMY as a sideman, for an OSCAR (as an arranger/pianist on the score of an Oscar-Nominated movie) and, most importantly, for a GRAMMY as a leader in 2008, HECTOR MARTIGNON has performed, recorded, composed, produced, and arranged music in myriad styles and genres for his own projects and for top musicians around the world. In order to steal a glimpse into the musical universe of this multitalented artist, one needs only to surrender to the music of his three solo CDs, Portrait in White and Black, Foreign Affair and his 2008 GRAMMY-nomoinated Refugee They are a metaphor of the diverse musical influences that have shaped his distinctive style as a performer, composer, and arranger, from Baroque polyphony to 21st century avant-garde, Balkan folklore to afro-cuban and -brazilian idioms.
His first professional recording, completed at the age of 18, was of Mikis Theodorakis's epic orchestral work Canto General. Since then he has appeared on hundreds of Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Pop albums.
Martignon's abilities as a pianist have always been enriched by his interest in varied musical genres. He paid for his studies of classical piano and composition at the prestigious Freiburger Musikhochschule in Germany by performing with the best Afro-Cuban and Brazilian bands of Europe, backing stars like Celia Cruz and Ismael Quintana on their European tours, and recording with Tata Güiness and Arturo Sandoval. At the same time he was attending seminars of contemporary composition with masters like Gyorgi Ligetti, Luigi Nono and Karl Heinz Stockhausen. He also performed classical music in recitals and concerts in Germany, Italy and his native Colombia, specializing in Chopin, Bach and Debussy. Living in Brazil for a one-year love affair with that country and its music, Martignon soon became a requested studio musician and worked for star producer Carlinhos Brown.