Martinez (Mijares), Odaline de la (Caridad) [‘Chachi’]
- Stephen Montague
(b Matanzas, Oct 31, 1949). American conductor and composer of Cuban birth. She emigrated to the USA in 1961 and became an American citizen in 1971. After attending Tulane University (BFA 1972), she studied composition with Paul Patterson at the RAM, London (1972–6), and with Reginald Smith Brindle (1975–7) at the University of Surrey (MM 1977). She has received numerous awards, including a Marshall Scholarship (1972–5), a Watson Fellowship (1975–6), a Danforth Fellowship (1975–80) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1980–81). In 1987 she won the Brazilian Villa-Lobos Medal for outstanding performances of his work. Martinez moved to London in 1972. She is best known in Europe as the conductor of Lontano, a professional chamber ensemble she helped found in 1976 to perform and record contemporary music; the group is based in London but tours widely. In ...