After graduating at the top of her class from the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia, Magdalena Martínez moved to Paris to study at Conservatoire Hector Berlioz and the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM).
She was admitted to the Artist Diploma program at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington (USA) and later to the Royal Academy School of Music in London.
She won first prize at the Concurso Juventudes Musicales in Spain in chamber music and as a soloist; first prize at Paris Conservatory Flute Concours, Héctor Berlioz; first prize from the Paris Conservatoire; and first prize in the Woodwinds Competition at the University of Indiana Bloomington.
She began her professional career with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, and continued on as flute soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, earning the position of flute soloist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra through public competition shortly thereafter.
As a soloist, she has performed with the Basque National Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta de Cadaqués, the Hallé Symphony Orchestra in Manchester, Master Symphony Orchestra in Valencia, Orquesta Nacional Clàssica d’Andorra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Orquestral Paris, Filarmónica de Galicia, Orquesta de Extremadura and Sinfónica de Baleares, under conductors such as Christopher Hodwood, Andrew Parrot, Lawrence Foster, Jorma Panula, Pierre Boulez, Antoni Ros Marbá, Christian Zacarias, Martin Haselböck and Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, among others.
She has worked together with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 1995, going on tour in Japan and the USA, as well as in Europe’s greatest concert halls with maestros such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Boulez, Frans Brüggen, Heinz Holliger, Iván Fischer, and Vladimir Jurowski, to name but a few.
In the educational sphere, she has vast experience in giving advanced classes at the leading universities and Spanish schools, for example, orchestral courses at Universidad Menéndez Pelayo and as professor at the Aula de Música at the University of Alcalá. From 2003 to 2010, she taught as flute professor in the master’s program in music performance at Universitat de València and has also been flute professor in the university master’s degree program in music performance at the Universidad Internacional de Andalucia.
She has given courses at the Spain’s best institutions and conservatories, including the conservatories in Madrid, Zaragoza, La Coruña, Castellón, Alicante, Salamanca, Sevilla, Palma de Mallorca and Córdoba.
She has also taught at the youth orchestra events such as for Jove Orquesta de la Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV), Orquesta Joven de Extremadura (OJEX), Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (JORCAM), the Basque Youth Orchestra (EGO), Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC) and Orquesta Juvenil Iberoamericana in Caracas, Venezuela.
She is on sabbatical from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC).
She is currently flute soloist for the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, appointed by maestro Lorin Maazel. As part of the OCV, she has worked under the direction of maestros including Zubin Metha, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo and Maxim Shostakovich.
As a soloist, she has recorded Serenata by X. Montsalvatge for the Claves music label; Concierto n.1 by S. Brotons i Soler for Harmonia Mundi; and Concierto Mágico by L. Balada for Naxos.
These are in addition to recordings for Sony, Decca, Auvidis and Deutsche Grammophon, accompanying, along with the Orquesta de Valencia, artists of such talent as Juan Diego Flórez, Plácido Domingo, and Wagner with La Fura del Baus and Zubin Metha, as well as Cyrano de Bergerac, among the most noteworthy.
Magdalena Martínez was awarded Special Mention in Music at the prestigious City of Barcelona Awards in 2001.