Victor Martinez Parada is one of the world’s most prominent solo guitarists, recognized as one of the finest avant-garde guitarists ever to come from his native country of Chile. He is an accomplished composer, teacher, and performer specializing in Flamenco, Jazz, and Latin folk music. With a professional music career spanning 50 years each opportunity you have to experience his performances, or listen to his catalog of original compositions will leave you feeling not only the way he has shaped music, but the way music has shaped him. Today you will find Victor playing at fine jazz and blues venues across Sydney, opening and accompanying world renowned musicians, and joining his sons to play as the Martinez trio.
Victor was born in Santiago Chile in 1947 and began playing guitar in 1965 at the age of 19; studying under German Acevedo. In 1966 he continued study under Eulogio Davalos at which time he gave his first complete solo concert. From there he went on to study music at the Catholic University of Chile and the National Conservatorium of Music of Chile where he furthered his studies under world renowned musicians including Abel Carlevaro (Uruguay), Juan Carlos Zorzi (Argentina), Gustavo Becerra, Cirilo Vila, Luis Advis, and Alfonso Letelier (Chile). Victor presided as vice president and later president of the Chilean Classical Guitar society and performed extensive tours of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil from 1966-1989.
In 1989 Victor moved his family from Chile to Australia touring throughout the country and overseas. Throughout 2008 he made an extensive tour of Japan performing 26 concerts throughout some of the most famous venues of the country. Alongside his sons Andro and Dauno Victor has built a strong performance list throughout Australia playing at venues and events including The Sydney Opera House, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, TV 9, Carnivale, The Sydney and Canberra Government House, Sydney Town Hall, Parliament House, Seymour Centre, The Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, Paralympic Games in Sydney 2000, The Basement, Star City, along with various blues, jazz, and music festivals across the country. He resides as the head teacher at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music, and has written columns or articles for publications including “La 3rd de la hora”, “Icarito”, “Las Ultimas Noticias”, “Revista Nosotros”, “El Espanol”, “Encuentro de Guitaras”.
Santana, Gypsy Kings, Ozomatli, Michael Franti (Spearhead), Thirty Odd Foot Of Grunts Band (with Russell Crowe - Hollywood actor and rock singer),
Amici, Buena Vista Social Club, Anthony Callea (Australian Idol), Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Richard Clapton, Tania Libertad, The Beach Boys,
Lulo Reinhardt, Andy Summers Trio (of The Police), Tuck n Patty, Concrete Blonde, The King Solomon Burke, Jesse Cook, Angelic Kidjo, Diana Krall, Blind Boys of Alabama,
Human Nature, Machine gun Fellatio, Brian Ferry, Jackson Brown, Jenny Morris, George Benson, Bic Runga, Raúl Malo, Mental as anything , Wendy Mathews, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel,
Camerata Portena, Deni Hines, Guy Sebastian (Australian Idol). Trombone Shortie, Rachel (Chile), Irma Thomas Band, Taj Mahal, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, The Residents,
Prinnie Stevens (Australian Idol), Joan Armatrading.
One of the outstanding representatives who worked for several years with "Martinez Akustica" was Sam Cutler who also represented the famous English band "The Roling Stones"
To my first guitar teacher (approx. 1963); an evangelist who also sold me my first guitar.
To German Acevedo - who while attending to his clients at his clothing store taught me the guitar.
To Hilda Parra (folklorist and sister of Violeta Parra), who awarded me with the scholarship 'Outstanding student of the folkloric ensembles of Santiago de Chile's Industries' which enabled me to study music at the Music Department of the Catholic University of Chile in 1966.
To Carlos Medel (Professor and Folklorist who also worked with Ilda Parra) - who hired me in 1967 to tour Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil promoting Chilean folk music, playing my own music and the music of Ricardo Acevedo as a soloist on guitar and as a duo with himself.
To the international teachers I have had the priviledge of studying with: Eulogio Davalos, Miguel Angel Cherubito, Antonio Morales, Abel Carlevaro, Ernesto Allende, Juan Carlos Zorzi, Gustavo Becerra, Cirilo Vila, Pablo Cid, Alfonso Letelier, and Luis Advis.