Hailing from Los Angeles, Marlon Martinez is a young virtuoso bassist and composer emerging at the center of the resurgent LA and NYC jazz scenes. He has demonstrated his virtuosity while touring with a wide range of artists, from Stewart Copeland to Quatuor Ebène. Marlon received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, as a classical student of Peter Lloyd from 2009-2015. An avid orchestral musician, Marlon has performed for conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, Gerard Schwarz, Bramwell Tovey, Richard Kaufman, David Newman, James Conlon, Giancarlo Guerrero, Sir Neville Marriner and Gustavo Dudamel. He has studied with Douglas Basye, Assistant Principal Bass of the Pacific Symphony, Dennis Trembly, Co-Principal Bass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Leigh Mesh, Associate Principal Bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. Marlon served as Principal Bass for the American Youth Symphony conducted by Alexander Treger, Assistant Principal Bass for the Young Artist Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Principal Bass of YMF Debut Orchestra. He has performed with the San Diego Symphony as a substitute bassist.
In 2010 and again 2011, Marlon was selected to participate in the highly acclaimed Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. During his membership, he performed under the baton of Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Yuri Temirkanov among others. He performed with soloists such as Mischa Maisky, Leonidas Kavakos, Yuri Bashmet, Lisa Batiashvilli, Yuja Wang, and Deborah Voigt.