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"Martin stood out for his wonderful tone, outstanding technique, impressive cadenzas, and impassioned playing"

- MDW-Magazin about "Concertino da Camera" 

"At every moment you could feel that the heart of the musician was behind the music"

- Kultursommer Nordhessen, Witzenhausen

"A journey trough the different sounds of the planet, using the saxophone as a nexus between the different cultures "

- Leonoticias, about the program "Around the World"

"A true feast for the ears, how the four harmonized and interacted with each other "

- Kultursommer Nordhessen for PSAIKO Quartet

Always willing to live new experiences, Spanish-born saxophonist Martín Castro has played more than one hundred concerts in world-renowned venues such as Prince Mahidol Hall, Musikverein, Piotr Tchaikovsky National Academy of Ukraine, Grafenegg, Aksra Theatre King Power, National Cuban Theatre, Central Conservatory of Music Beijing and Fundacion Juan March. His musical activity has taken him to countries like China, Austria, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Slovakia, France, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Andorra and Colombia.

Based in Vienna, Martín graduated from the "Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears". At this moment he is continuing his studies in the "Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien" with Michaela Reingruber and Barbara Strack-Hanisch. Additionally, he has also taken masterclasses with artists such as François Guye, Jean-Marie Londeix, Thomas Indermhüle, Timothy McAllister, Lars Mlekusch, Vicent David, Daniel Gauthier and Marie-Bernadette Charrier, to name a few.

Some of his highlights include a concert as a soloist playing music from J. Ibert with the Webern Sinfonietta directed by Vladimir Kiradijev and two concerts playing music from Cristóbal Halffter with the Orquesta del Lyceum de la Habana directed by Jose A. Mendez and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba directed by Lars Mlekusch.

As a chamber music player, Martín has won prestigious competitions including the 88 Concurso Juventudes Musicales de España, Thailand International Wind Symphony Competition, Impro-Parcours 2, "ArtJove Musica de Cámara", International Music Competition Opus 2019 and a Silver Medal in the 1st Vienna International Competition. The quartet has been invited to festivals such as Kultursommer Nordhessen, Festival Jong Talent Schiermonnikoog, Two Days and Two Nights Odessa, Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Kultursommer Wien and III Festival Internacional Bellas Artes Cali..

As a soloist, he has also won the Leonard Bernstein-Institutswettbewerb, the 23. Osaka International Music Competition, the IV. Danubia Talents Liszt International Music Competition, and he has received a grant from the Anny Felbermayer Fonds and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.

Martín Castro has given saxophone and chamber music masterclasses at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, the Conservatorio de Musica Luis Gianneo and the Escola de Musica de Rianxo. He has also been one of the juries in the "2018 Hunan Wind Instrument Competition", "I Concurso Latinoamericano de Cuarteto de Saxofones" and "ArtJove 2019".

Committed to the new music, he has worked with composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Gabriel Erkoreka, Ramon Lazkano, Felix Ibarrondo, Simone Movio, Volodymyr Runchak, Anton Alcalde, Javier Girotto, Aaron Siebert, Donald Yu and Antonio Lauzurika.