In 2001, Pascual Martínez Forteza became the first (and to date, the only) Spanish musician in the history of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He started playing at the age of 10, and by 18 he had joined the Baleares Symphony Orchestra, where he performed for 7 years as second clarinet as well as E-flat and Acting Principal clarinet. Martínez Forteza has appeared regularly as soloist, recitalist, and master class teacher all over the world. He has performed with numerous leading artists and frequently plays venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall. 

Martínez Forteza is a member of the Philharmonic Chamber Soloists, an acclaimed chamber ensemble of virtuoso musicians from the New York Philharmonic, and recently took part at the New York Chamber Music Festival on the NYPhil Principals concert, featuring the Mozart and Beethoven piano and woodwinds quintets. Martínez Forteza is currently a Faculty Member at the Manhattan School of Music at New York University and also teaches at Bard Conservatory of Music, also in New York. To learn more about Pascual Martinez Forteza, visit