A conversation with Eduardo Marturet: His life, his music, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra (includes multimedia content)

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Maestro Eduardo Marturet has turned the Miami Symphony Orchestra into a reflection of the city and one of the best orchestras in the world.

The first time Marturet conducted was during a musical act at school when he was only 9 years old. “My grandmother went to the event because my parents were traveling,” he says.”When I turned my back on the audience, she thought I was doing it wrong. That’s how I started my directing career.”

Marturet was born an artist and composer. During the last 30 years, he has conducted more than 50 orchestras, including Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony in Cambridge, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Caracas and the Berliner Symphoniker, one of the most important orchestras in Germany. Not only that, but he has also composed several film soundtracks. An example is the music of the Franco-Venezuelan film “Oriana” (1985), which won the Award for “Camara d’Or” at the Cannes Film Festival (1985).

In 2006 Marturet became principal conductor of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO). Since then he has worked with 80 musicians of 22 different nationalities to transmit the cultural diversity of Miami through music.

A conversation with Marturet

For many, Marturet has been a reference point in local culture. However, the maestro explains that once the show ends, he is just a normal person who loves music.

Taking MISO to one of the most popular venues in the world and staying true to his style have not been the only challenges Marturet has faced. Throughout the last 10 years, he has had to overcome different challenges, including keeping the orchestra together in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marturet’s future plans are directly connected to MISO, as he dreams of leaving a musical legacy to the city and seeing the Miami Symphony Orchestra continue to shine.

“Classical music takes you to another higher plane,” he adds. “It is made up of magical codes, some of which we find out about and others we don’t. The conductor is a magician who opens a door: the baton is the key that opens it and at that moment, the triangle between the music, the musicians and the audience is connected.”

The Miami Symphony Orchestra just started the 2020-2021 season and will have its next concert on November 20 at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove. The event is free and begins at 6 p.m. 

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Lorena Cespedes is a Colombian student at Florida International University majoring in journalism. She has a love of traveling, taking pictures and writing about opinion, sports and her culture.