Jorge Martín (b. 1959, Santiago de Cuba): Martin’s first full-length large-scale opera, Before Night Falls, inspired by Reinaldo Arena's acclaimed memoir, received its world premiere in 2010 at the Fort Worth Opera Festival. In 2005, he received a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa. His one-act opera, Tobermory, won first prize in 1993 in the National Opera Association's Fifth Biennial Chamber Opera Competition and has been performed in several cities in the United States. Other compositions include Beast and Superbeast, a set of four one-act operas based on short stories by Saki; the Saxophone Quartet and Four Dances for Bassoon and String Quartet, which had its world premiere in Finland in July 1997. Martín is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters' Academy Award in Music, of an ASCAP Standard Music Award, and of an artist's residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs in 1993. Martín is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University. (Cintas for music, 1999-00; CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in music composition, 2011-12)

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