Born in Torreón, Mexico, Jorge Martínez-Ríos studied viola at the Conservatorio de las Rosas, where he graduated with honors under the tutelage of professor Gela Dubrova. Mr. Martínez has performed across the US and Mexico in some of the most prestigious concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Meany Hall’s World Series in Seattle, Chicago Center for the Arts, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, just to mention a few.
He has been principal and assistant principal viola for different orchestras in Mexico and the US, including the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Camerata de Coahuila, Orquesta de Cámara de Michoacán, Western Piedmont Symphony and Las Cruces Symphony.
Most recently, Mr. Martínez was invited by CONACULTA (the National Council for Culture and Art in Mexico) to record chamber works of José Pablo Moncayo, including a string trio and the sonata for viola and piano with acclaimed Mexican pianist Guadalupe Parrondo. This recording was made to celebrate the composer’s 100th anniversary. He has also recorded music by Mexican composer Germán Romero under the Quindecim recording label, Angelwings, a CD of music by contemporary composers from Ohio, and the Francisco Mignone Seresta for double quartet in collaboration with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano for the Sono Luminus label.
Currently, Mr. Martinez is Assistant Professor of Viola at New Mexico State University and keeps a busy schedule touring and teaching.