Awarded with several prestigious national and international music prizes, Israel Fausto Martínez is considered one of the Spanish cellists with most relevant international career and projection.
His performances have obtained the enthusiastic consideration of both audience and specialized classical music critics, what has made of him an artist that is regularly invited by prestigious Festivals and concert halls in different countries.
Highly versatile performer, with a repertoire that spans from Baroque music in a historically documented manner to contemporary music, he has performed during these last years as soloist or chamber musician in Spain, Germany, United States, Holland, Italy, Croatia, England, France or Portugal. He has recorded for RTVE, Canal Sur, TCM and in the labels Perosi Musici and Naxos.
Born in Cuenca, he begins his music studies with Francisco González, and continues them with María de Macedo in Madrid. Awarded a La Caixa Scholarship, he graduated with a Performer Diploma and Master in Cello in Indiana University (Bloomington), under the tutelage of Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Appointed member of the Honors Division of this University in consideration to his career achievements. He has taken part also in masterclasses in different countries with artists such as Mtislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse or Gÿorgy Sëbok, among others.
He becomes solo cello of the Danish National Orchestra at 23, playing among others with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Yuri Termirkanov, Simon Rattle or Kurt Masur.
In 2003 he is appointed Professor of Cello in the Superior Conservatory of Music “Manuel Castillo” in Seville, and since then he is one of the most sought after pedagogues by Conservatories or Universities in Spain. He holds regularly masterclasses in different institutions and festivals. Invited as jury in a great number of national and international music competitions, Israel Fausto Martínez collaborates as well with different publications through articles with a pedagogical content or connected to the violoncello. He created the “Turina International Chamber Music Festival” in Seville and directed the project until 2009.
After the success of his recording of the complete Bach Suites for cello solo, his next audiovisual project is centered in recording the most relevant pedagogical material in the cello literature written for many of the virtuosos of this instrument over the centuries.
Israel Fausto Martínez is Doctor in Philosophy by the Seville University and plays a Georg Staufer cello constructed in Viena in 1830.