Principal Dancer, Ballet Nacional de España
Eduardo Martinez was born in Madrid in 1983. He began dancing at four years old with Andrés Montemar before commencing his formal studies at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Madrid, where he studied classical Spanish dance, contemporary and ballet. He Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education and a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
Mr. Martinez has studied with Antonio Najarro, Aída Gómez, Adrián Galia, Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Carmen Cantero, Maribel Gallardo, Rafael Campallo and Emilio Rivas, among others. He participated in the taller coreográfico at the Royal Conservatory coordinated by Ana Lopez, where he interpreted pieces by Mariemma, José Antonio, Antonio Najarro, Malena Mexía, Beatriz Martín, “Contratiempo”, Ricardo Franco, Adrián Galia and Elvira Andrés.
Mr. Martinez’ professional career began in 1998 when he began to dance for the Carmen Cantera Folklore Company as a soloist. In 1999, he collaborated with Antonio Canales’ company in the “Tiempo 2000” performance in Madrid and Barcelona. In 2000, Mr. Martinez played the part of el molinero in Manuel de Falla’s “El Sombrero de Tres Picos”, choreographed by José Antonio, in Madrid’s Teatro de La Zarzuela. For three consecutive years he was a guest artist at the Concurso Nacional de Castellón, where he danced “Andaluza” by Carmen Rollán, “Malunó” by José Antonio and “Bolero de 1830” by Mariemma, as an homage to her.
In 2002, Mr. Martinez began his career at Ballet Nacional de España (BNE), after completing his studies in dance and performing arts. In 2005, he was promoted to soloist, under the direction of José Antonio. As a soloist, he danced “Aires de villa y corte,” by José Antonio y “Seis sonatas para la reina de España,” choreographed by Ángel Pericet. In 2010, Mr. Martinez was promoted to Principal Dancer under the direction of José Antonio. He has won the first prize in Spanish dance and the Dávalos-Fletcher Award in the Concurso Nacional de Castellón (2002), Special Mention in the VII Concurso Iberoamericano de Danza “Alicia Alonso” for the choreography “Te lo juro yo.” In 2012, Mr. Martinez won First Place in the XXI Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco for his piece”Camino de vuelta”.