Eduardo Marturet

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Eduardo Marturet
Eduardo Marturet Dirigiendo.jpg
Background information
Born (1953-09-19) September 19, 1953 (age 67)
Caracas, Venezuela
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
InstrumentsPiano, Percussion
Associated actsThe Miami Symphony Orchestra

Eduardo Marturet (born September 19, 1953) is a Venezuelan conductor and composer represented by Tempo Primo. He is the Music Director and Conductor of The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO)


Eduardo Marturet enjoys an active career on three continents. As the Music Director and Conductor of The Miami Symphony Orchestra, he remains deeply involved in the musical life of his native Venezuela and continues to guest conduct actively in Europe. He has made more than 60 CDs that range from a Brahms orchestral cycle to surveys of Latin America's greatest orchestral composers.

European orchestras with which he has had an active guest conducting relationship include Berliner Symphoniker, European Community Chamber Orchestra, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, RAI Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony, Royal Flemish Philarmonique, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Gelders Orkest, Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Symphony, Brabant Orkest, and Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 2001, he led the Berliner Symphoniker on a 12-concert tour of major South American cities including Caracas, São Paulo, Cordoba, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. A documentary of the tour was broadcast through the region by DirecTV.

Born in Caracas, Marturet studied in Cambridge, England where he became firmly rooted in the European tradition, obtaining a degree in Piano, Percussion, Conducting, and Composition. In 1979, he returned to Venezuela with a permanent position with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Caracas as Associate Conductor and later as Artistic Director to the Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela, where he served in that position until 1995. Presently, he maintains close contact with the Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra movement, giving advice and support in aid of poor children.

With the opening of the Teresa Carreño Theatre in Caracas in 1984, Marturet became its first Music Director. After three years of bringing challenging and original productions to the stage, he resigned from the Theatre to dedicate himself entirely to an international career, conducting in Italy, Greece, France, Spain, England, Denmark, Holland, Korea, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Canada and the United States.

He made his Asian debut with the Seoul Philharmonic in 2003, a year when he also opened the Chorin Summer Festival in Berlin and made his debut with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic in Argentina and the Florida Philharmonic in Miami.

Eduardo Marturet, Athina Marturet & Eduardo J. Padrón

In 2006, he received a Latin Grammy nomination for "Encantamento" in the category of Best Classical Album conducting the Berliner Symphoniker.

Since 2006 he has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, during his 15-year tenure Maestro Marturet has taken MISO into the world-class professional symphony of Miami developing a unique classical-crossover repertoire in alliance with great producers such as Emilio Estefan, Rudy Perez and Burt Bacharach.

    In October 2012, he was named one of the “100 most influential latinos in Miami”. The ceremony was performed by Fusionarte Association, Pan-American Foundation and Televisa publishing. This same year, in March, the flag of the United States was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of Eduardo Marturet, who received the Medal of Merit of the U.S. Congress in recognition for his outstanding and invaluable service to the community.
    More recently, in 2019, was included into the Genius 100 Visions Group, “an active and engaged community of 100 exceptionally imaginative and impactful human beings. Genius 100 brings accomplished and compassionate minds together to re-imagine the future - and to implement creative initiatives to improve it.
    The organization is inspired by Albert Einstein’s words: “A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels,” and it includes world renown luminaries like US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, architect Frank Gehry, and conductor Zubin Mehta, all great visionaries [who] raise the bar on what is achievable within their fields. Collectively, in collaboration, they can make the impossible possible.

His wife Athina Klioumi is a Greek born actress, fashion model, producer philanthropist that supports The Miami Symphony Orchestra.


  • 2014: Eduardo Marturet becomes a Steinway Artist.
  • 2012: Marturet is awarded a Medal of Honor to the Merit of Congress. In March 2012, the flag of the United States was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of Eduardo Marturet, together with the Medal of Honor to the Merit of Congress. Marturet was honored with a lifetime achievement award for having made significant contributions to the development of the U.S. The awards ceremony took place on April 19 in the U.S. House Committee in D.C.
  • 2010: Johnnie Walker Black Label "Walk With Giants." Eduardo Marturet was honored to be the first Venezuelan chosen to participate in the "Walk with Giants" campaign by Johnnie Walker Black Label which culminated in a special concert for 6,000 people, 50 billboards across major cities, and this video specially produced for cinema. Watch video... on YouTube
  • 2010: MISO releases its first recording: Trumpet Glamour with Francisco Flores. Album details...
  • 2010: The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and Eduardo Marturet agree to a second five-year contract as Music Director and Conductor. "The decision to renew his contract is of the utmost importance for the Board of Directors. We want to be able to count on his direction and leadership as he continues to strengthen the artistic content and music quality to levels that make all Miamians proud to truly call MISO their own orchestra." says MISO Chairman, Rafael Diaz-Balart. The renewal extends the contract through July 31, 2017.
  • 2006: "Encantamento" Nominated for "Best Classical Album." The Latin Grammy nominations is pleased to announce that Marturet's "Encantamento" with the Berliner Symphoniker was nominated for "Best Classical Album" of the year. Album details...
  • 2006: Miranda Soundtrack Wins "Best Music" at the Mérida Film Festival. The romantic soundtrack from the motion picture, "Francisco de Miranda" has won "Best Music" at the Mérida Film Festival in Venezuela. Listen and learn more about the Marturet's latest movie soundtrack. Album details...
  • 2006: Miami Symphony Orchestra. Eduardo Marturet is appointed Conductor and Music Director of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
  • 2004: Johnnie Walker 30th Anniversary Party. Marturet celebrated 30 years with a black tie event given by Johnnie Walker Black Label. Follow his footsteps from when he became number six of eight in the “clan” headed by his grandfather in Caracas through his career which took him to many places with many accomplishments. With more than 30 years of experiences, Marturet is excited about continuing to move forward to more projects, more ideas and more creations.[1]
  • 2001: Berliner Latin Tour With Deutsche Bank's support, Marturet led the Berliner Symphoniker on a Latin American tour through Caracas, São Paulo, Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Montevido, Mexico and Monterrey.[2]
  • 1988: Casa Bonita. This exhibit is the product if a research project concerning the scope of contemporary music and its ability to communicate, induce creative and sensitive attitudes in the public and change its intuitions.[3]
  • 1987: "Official" of the Order of Orange-Nassau. The "Official" of the Order of Orange-Nassau was bestowed upon Eduardo Marturet by Queen Beatrix of Holland.


Eduardo Marturet was born in Caracas in 1953. In 1971, after graduating as a science major in Venezuela, took residency in Cambridge, England, for 9 years. At the University of East Anglia he received his degree in Piano, Percussion, Composition, and Conducting, the specialty for which he is best known both in Venezuela and abroad.

As a pupil of Kathlin Wood, Alexis Rago and Roger Smalley, his special interest in new music led him, in 1976, to become founding president of the CCAT Contemporary Music Society; and also invited to join the SPNM Society for the Promotion of New Music and play his compositions. He became Music Director of the Cambridge Contemporary Dance Group, for whom he wrote and performed a number of works. After two years in Cambridge, as Music Director with the Arbury Orchestra, he returned to Venezuela in 1979 as Associate Conductor with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Caracas, thus beginning a long career as a conductor. He was the first Music Director at the Teresa Carreño Theatre, a position he held for three years before turning his full attention to a busy international career and his current activity as Artistic Director of the Sinfonietta Caracas and Artistic Director with the Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela from 1987 until 1995.

Since his early days as a student in Cambridge, Marturet considered the “concert” to be an obsolete form of expression, from the standpoint of the creator. Despite his great success as a composer, over a period of seven years, he only wrote three scores that followed the traditional form of orchestral music: Notturno 1980, Sol por Occidente 1982, and Secretos 1986; Rubén Monasterios, the critic from the Caracas daily El Nacional had this to say about his debut: “The score written for this work by Eduardo Marturet is one of the most inspired of all those we have heard by contemporary Venezuelan composers in recent times.”

It does seem a paradox for a successful conductor to be the person proposing a split between the concert hall and new music. In 1980, Marturet founded MUSICA VIVA, a trio specializing in contemporary music.

In 1982, Marturet was entrusted with the musical design for the Venezuelan pavilion at the Epcot Center in Florida, USA. Although never brought to fruition, this project was fundamental for the further evolution of the ideas regarding environmental music that he had been playing with since his days as a student in Cambridge. Marturet experiments and develops concepts of his own, such as “soundscape architecture” and the subliminal effect of sounds that are inaudible to the human ear.

It was in 1986 that he turned firmly back to composing. His Canto LLano 1976, his most often-played work, as well as Secretos 1986, and his music for the Franco-Venezuelan movie Oriana 1985 (prize for best music at the Mérida Festival ‘86), already included elements of “environmental music,” and the feeling of sound manipulated in “real time,” which is the conceptual cornerstone of the 24-hour macroformat conceived for the music at Casa Bonita 1988: this composition consists of three great simultaneous works, each lasting eight hours, where the composer has poured in the results of 15 years of research and reflection about sound.

“Any attempt to explain Casa Bonita must first mention Eduardo Marturet, unquestionably one of the greatest talents in present-day Venezuela. This involves more than just discovering the composer, known up to now as a brilliant conductor. In the unconventional being that overflows with a work that fills the three main halls of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas.”

— Pedro López, El Siglo, 19.2.88

“Eduardo Marturet is one of the few composers today working with extended duration time structures. His CABRE from Casa Bonita creates an electronic sound environment which demonstrates the composer’s craft from the level of minute microcosmic points to an expanded form of suspended macrocosmic euphoria inspired by meditation.”

— La Monte Young, New York, 10.10.88

His most productive period began in the 1990s, with the composition of experimental works such as Las Campanas del Silencio (for all the belfries in the world) 1992, the chamber music pieces Tres Tiempos 1990, Música para 6 y Saxo 1992, La Hamaca 1998, Paramytha 2002, and the symphonic works Siglos de Luz 1995, Capricho Criollo 1996, Mantra 1997, Memorias de un Bravo Pueblo 2002.

In 2004 he received the “Best Music” prize awarded by ANAC (National Association of Cinema Authors) for the soundtrack of the movie Manuela Sáenz ("Best Music" Caracas Municipal Prize, 2000). 10.2004


Symphonic works[edit]

Name Year Place Instrumentation Notes
Turtle Magic 2015 Miami For full orchestra and image projection featuring the work of MISO's YEP project
VARIATIONS on With a Little Help from my Friends 2014 Miami For full orchestra, solo voice & chorus ---
Candy Island 2014 Miami For full orchestra and image projection featuring the work of MISO's Music Arts Challenge project
Two Readings of Waldo 2013 Miami For full orchestra and image projection featuring the work of visual artist Waldo Balart
Latidos del Tíbet 2011 Caracas For solo Tibetan Bowls and full orchestra ---
Memorias de Un Bravo Pueblo 2002 Caracas For piano solo, side drum and strings ---
Mantra 1997 Caracas For full orchestra ---
Capricho Criollo 1996 Caracas For full orchestra Commissioned by División de Alimentos de las Empresas Polar
Siglos de Luz 1995 Caracas For solo guitar, solo percussion & full orchestra Commissioned by CA ELECTRICIDAD DE CARACAS
XXXIII Variations on a German Theme 1989 Caracas For full orchestra Commissioned by the German Government
Music for the ballet "Secretos" 1986 Caracas For full orchestra Commissioned by Danza Hoy
Sol por Occidente 1982 Caracas For full orchestra Commissioned by 2nd Festival of Latin American Music
Notturno 1981 Caracas For full orchestra ---

Chamber works[edit]

Name Year Place Instrumentation Notes
Paramythia 2002 Anthoussa For harp solo Commissioned by Arpas A.C.
La Hamaca 1998 Caracas For guitar, flute and güiro Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 1998
Música para 6 y Saxo 1992 Caracas For 6 instruments ‘ad lib’ & solo tenor saxophon Commissioned by Sinfonietta Caracas Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 1992
Tres Tiempos 1990 Caracas For piano solo or guitar duo Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 1990
Canto LLano 1976 Cambridge For a capella instrument/voice & tape delay system, or any combination of instrumental/voice forces Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 2004. Published by Hubertus Nogatz Editor – K&N 1209, 1991
Mi Marioneta tiene Tres Caras 1974 Cambridge For piano solo Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 1992

Film Music[edit]

Name Year Place Instrumentation Notes
Soundtrack for the film "Miranda" 2006 Caracas For full orchestra Award: "Best Music" Festival de Mérida, 2006
Soundtrack for the film "Manuela Saenz" 2000 Caracas --- Award: "Best Music" ANAC de Caracas, 2004. Award: "Camara d'Or" Festival de Cannes, 2000
Soundtrack for the film "Oriana" 1984 Caracas --- Award: "Best Music" Premio Municipal de Caracas, 1986. Award: "Best Music" Festival de Mérida, 1985

Experimental works[edit]

Name Year Place Instrumentation Notes
@ Zaha's Place 2015 Miami For Mixed Techniques Published by PRIVATE MUSIC, 2015 Read more...
Las Campanas del Silencio 1992 Caracas For all the bells of the world Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 1992
"Casa Bonita" (The 24 Hours) 1988 Caracas For Mixed Techniques Commissioned by the Caracas Contemporary Arts Museum Read more...
Musica Viva 1980 Caracas For Mixed Techniques Commissioned by the Caracas Contemporary Arts Museum Read more...
Piezas Cinéticas 1975 Caracas For piano solo Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 1975

Orchestral arrangements[edit]

Name Year Place Instrumentation Notes
Oblivion (Astor Piazzolla) 2009 Caracas For solo violonchelo and orchestra Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 2009
Adios Nonino (Astor Piazzolla/Bragato) 2009 Caracas For solo violonchelo and orchestra Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 2009
Langsamer Satz (Anton Webern) 2009 Miami For orchestra Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 2009
Otoño (Franco De Vita) 2006 Miami For orchestra Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 2006
Adios Nonino (Astor Piazzolla/Bragato) 2001 Berlin For orchestra Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 2001
Oblivion (Astor Piazzolla) 2001 Berlin For orchestra Published by Ediciones Tempo Primo, 2001






Orchestras conducted[edit]

Principal Orchestras:

  • 2005–present. Miami Symphony Orchestra

(Miami, USA)

  • 1991–present. Berliner Symphoniker

(Berlin, Germany)

  • 1978–present. Venezuelan National Youth Orchestras

(Caracas, Venezuela)

  • 1978–present. Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar

(Caracas, Venezuela)

  • 2003 – 2005. Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires

(Buenos Aires, Argentina)

  • 1989 – 1990. Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra

(Amsterdam, Netherlands)

  • 1988 – 1991. Symfoniorkesteret i Stavanger

(Stavanger, Norway)

  • Orquesta Filarmonica de Cali, Cali – Colombia '11
  • Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil Teresa Carreño – Venezuela '09
  • The Miami Symphony Orchestra, Miami – USA '05
  • El Paso Symphony Orchestra, El Paso – USA '05
  • Orquesta Sinfónica de UNCUYO, Mendoza – Argentina '04
  • Florida Philharmonic, Miami – Florida '03
  • Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires – Argentina '03
  • Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul – South Korea '03
  • Florida Chamber Orchestra, Miami – USA '01
  • Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción Concepción – Chile '98
  • Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Gävle – Sweden '98
  • Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Netherland Tourne '96
  • San Jose Symphony, San Jose – California '95
  • Orquesta Pablo Sarasate Pamplona, España '95
  • Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Rheinland-Pfalz – Germany '93
  • Royal Flemish Philarmonique, Antwerp – Belgium '92
  • Budapest Concert Orchestra, Budapest – Hungary '91
  • Berliner Symphoniker, Berlin – Germany '91
  • Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Herford – Germany '91
  • Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam – Holland '89
  • Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, San José – Costa Rica '89
  • Symfoniorkesteret i Stavanger, Stavanger – Norway '88
  • Colorado Festival Orchestra, Colorado – USA '88
  • Gelders Orkest, Arhem – Holland '88
  • CRJT Orchestra,Toronto – Canada '88
  • Budapest Radio Symphony, Budapest – Hungary '87
  • Brabant Orkest, Denbosch – Holland '86
  • Frysk Orkest, Leeuwarden – Holland '84
  • Opera Teresa Carreño, Caracas – Venezuela '84
  • European Community Chamber Orchestra Italian Tourne '84
  • Orchestra da Camera di Torino Italian Tourne '84
  • Ensamble Instrumental de Provence, Nice – France '84
  • "Croissiere Musicale de Jeunes Virtuoses", France – Malta – Sicily – Greece '84
  • RAI Symphony Orchestra, Roma – Italia '83
  • Danish Radio Symphony, Copenhagen – Denmark '83
  • Santa Cecilia Chamber Players, Roma – Italia '83
  • Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela, Caracas – Venezuela '82
  • "Festivale Primavera Musicale di Roma", Roma – Italia '81
  • Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Roma – Italia '81
  • "Croissiere Musicale de Jeunes Solistes", Greek Islands '81
  • Orquesta Sinfónica Maracaibo, Maracaibo – Venezuela '80
  • Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, Caracas – Venezuela '80
  • Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Bogotá – Colombia '79
  • The Cambridge Players, Cambridge – England '79
  • Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar, Caracas – Venezuela '78

Orchestra tours[edit]

  • 2001 – Berliner Symphoniker

(Latin America)

  • 1996 – Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic


  • 1993 – Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz


  • 1991 – Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie


  • 1988 – Gelders Orkest


  • 1986 – Brabant Orkest


  • 1984 – European Community Chamber Orchestra


  • 1984 – Orchestra da Camera di Torino



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