LORENZO PABLO MARTINEZ
Born in Cuba, Lorenzo Pablo Martinez was part of Operation Pedro Pan, a secretive mass exodus of children fleeing the Castro regime that landed in America between 1960 and 1962. He holds a master’s in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a pianist, he has appeared in recitals and on radio and television. Also a prolific composer, his music has been performed nationally and at international festivals. The television show Captain Kangaroo featured some of his works, and for Group Soup, a children’s book published by Viking, he contributed the title song. In addition, a book of his children’s songs, The Circus was published by Clarus Music Ltd.
Lorenzo Pablo Martinez translated all twelve episodes of The Second Voyage of the Mimi produced by Bank Street College of Education for PBS, and published his own children’s story, The Ballerina and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. He recently completed a memoir of his Pedro Pan experience, CUBA, ADIOS, which received first prize in the 2016 International Latino Book Awards. Somos en Escrito, an online literary journal, has published some of his works. Martinez wrote an Op-ed for The Miami City Herald and served as co-editor on Susan Bernhardt’s The Ginseng Conspiracy, a Kay Driscoll Mystery published by Muse It Up.
Over the years Martinez has played important roles in the not-for-profit arena, overseeing the development and communications/marketing departments at a number of international organizations specializing in education, health, and the arts. He has represented those organizations at international conferences and has been a lecturer at several New York institutions such as New York University, the New School, York College of the City University of New York and the 92nd Street Y.
Martinez is a sough-after speaker and writing coach.
Martínez is the former Executive Director of the Houston Chamber Choir, a professional group that received The American Prize 2015 for best choral ensemble in the United States.