Mariana Martínez and the cello as a lifestyle

Mariana Martínez Cruz was born in Mexico City, although she has lived in Guadalajara since the age of 9 and, now, she is a regular cellist for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco (OFJ); yes, his father is a violinist and represented his first contact with music, despite the fact that his training began as a singer and, a year later, he began studying piano and cello, although he did not didn’t stop singing.

Previously, Martínez was part of the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (OSEM) and, likewise, in the Youth Orchestra of the same entity, but before that it belonged to the youth of Zapopan; that is to say a considerable experience which is added to the more than 13 years that he already has as a member of the OFJ.

In the opinion of the one who is also a conductor, her training as a singer was very useful in her development as a performer “because we already have the tuning in mind; sound and tuning, playing it directly, is easier. Here I started my studies at the technical level, at the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), then I went to do my degree at the Conservatory of the State of Mexico”.

Although Martínez recognizes that within the family and during his studies, “I did not notice any type of marginalization for being a woman, where I noticed it was in the field of conducting , for I have studied and conducted for ten years; suffice it to mention the fact that since I have been in the orchestra, only three women have been invited to conduct”.

strike the instrument

Despite the fact that today the cello is a “popular” instrument, the instrumentalist recalls that “my father played in the National Symphony Orchestra and, it is said, that I have always been interested in the cello; but there was a time when we would go live somewhere else and when choosing an instrument, I would choose the piano first. Soon after, I started studying the cello.

Sure, many musicians agree that we choose an instrument based on a particular sound, to which Martínez adds: “I think there’s a whole psychology behind how musicians choose an instrument; it’s interesting that we choose one rather than the other, in my case, aware that I really like symphonic music, I chose the cello because I wanted to play in an orchestra (and it doesn’t there is only one piano).

Accuracy and Hearing

And playing, of course, is not a simple thing, reading a score is complex and the imagination participates in the process; Martínez recalls that “music is a language, a language that transports you to another reality in which the notes can be, in a way, the lyrics. Music is capable of creating atmospheres and, it must not be forgotten, it is a discipline that stems from rhetoric, from which it takes certain models”.

The cellist assures us that “time is essential in music, it aspires to precision and it’s wonderful, everything is delimited but it manages to create something out of the ordinary. And, definitely, for anyone who aspires to become a solvent artist, it is necessary above all to have a good ear”.


First season 2022/ Program 7

Guest director, Rodrigo Sierra Moncayo


•“The fable of Orpheus. Toccata, symphonies and refrains”/ Claudio Monteverdi

• “Music for discussion”/ Silvestre Revueltas (arrangement: Charly Daniels, winner of the 2021 Raíces competition)

•“Sarabande of the Colquide girl”/ Carlos Chávez

• “The birds”/ Ottorino Respighi

Dates and times:

• Today April 7 / 8:30 p.m.

•Sunday April 10/ 12:30 p.m.

• Venue: Degollado Theater

• Tickets: from $90 to $250 pesos (at the theater box office and at the Ticketmaster system)



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