Uxia Martinez Botana | Double Bass
The Spanish Bass player Uxia Martinez Botana Selected by the American bass magazine “No treble” as one of the world top 10 bass players and recognised by the international critics for her «great intensity and exceptional technique», Uxía Martínez Botana (August 7 1988) started her double bass studies at the early age of 6 with the bass player of the Moscow Virtuosos Orchestra, Witold Patsevich. She continued her studies in Spain and later in the Netherlands at the “Conservatorium Van Amsterdam” where she finished her double bass bachelor with Peter Stotijn and Baroque bass with Maggie Urquhart.
She got her first professional contract with the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia (Spain) at the age of 15. Later, Uxía has worked as a bass player in orchestras such as The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Netherlands Philharmonisch Orkest under the direction of Marc Albrecht, The Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the direction of Candida Thompson.
Uxia has been Guest Principal Double Bass at the Philharmonie ZuidNederland and is the Guest Principal Double Bass of the Brussels Philharmonic for the 2016 season.
Uxía Martinez Botana was the first Spanish Bass Player principal Double Bass of the Grammy Award Winner Kremerata Baltica under the direction of Gidon Kremer, working with soloists such as Martha Argerich, Emmanuel Pahud, Khatia Buniatishvili, Daniel Baremboin, Mario Brunello, Mikhail Pletnev and many others renowed artists.
Beside her work in orchestras, Uxía Martínez Botana has developed a brilliant career as a soloist and as a chamber musician. As a bass soloist, some of her outstanding performances were the premiere of works by composer Wladimir Rosinskij in the festival ¨Two days and Two nights of New Music” Odessa (Ukraine) acclaimed as ¨powerful and breathtaking”. Her interpretation of Parable XVII by Vincent Persichetti has been acclaimed by the international critic as ¨astonishing emotional intensity and master control over the instrument”. She is the invited soloist of the New European Ensemble (Netherlands) premiering their works in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and she has coming up engagements for next seasons with the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia under the direction of Dima Slobodeniouk and solo recitals in the Luxembourg Philharmonie Hall, Netherlands, Belgium and Spain.
As a chamber musician Uxía has played with prominent musicians such as Julia Fischer, Anna Chumachenko, Yuri Bashmet, Andreas Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, Nobuko Imai, Philippe Graffin, Gary Hoffman, David Cohen, Daniel Rowland, Antje Weithaas or Tatiana Masurenko and has participated in projects such as «Tango Factory» with Marcello Nisinman (bandoneon) and Frans Helmerson (cello).
Uxía Martínez Botana is regulary invited to participate in important festivals all over Europe : The Gergiev Festival (Netherlands), the Consonances Festival of Saint Nazaire (France), Schleswig Holstein International Chamber Music Festival , Spanungen (Germany), Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival (Finland), The Kronberg Academy ¨Chamber Music Connects the World¨and ¨Masters in Performance of the Kronberg Academy¨(Frankfurt, Germany), Musiq 3 Festival (Belgium) among many others.
Recently she received the Gustav Mahler scholarship by the Claudio Abbado Foundation among 10 prominent musicians of Europe in Bolzano (Italy) under the direction of Daniel Harding .
In July 2015 she has been selected by the famous german brand of Strings ¨Pirastro¨as one of their sponsored artist.
Uxia plays “The English Lady Bass¨(1800 c.a) loaned by the National instrument Fonds in The Netherlands and “Ludwig Neuner” (1854) loaned by a private sponsor.