Patricia Elizabeth Martínez was born in Argentina. She is a composer, improviser, pianist, performer of electronics and experimental inter-disciplinary artist. She is working specially with video art and poetry. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Music Composition and teaching at Stanford University with Brian Ferneyhough as her advisor.
Martinez was director and/or performer of different ensembles in Buenos Aires, Paris, Amherst and Stanford, such as: Zhéffiro, La Nada, ThrYzaS, Experimenta, Arsis, Stanford New Ensemble. Since 2001, she is member and organizer of FASE, an organization for contemporary music and politics. She was part of the organization of the International Festival Experimenta (1997–2000) and others different series of artistic events. She studied at the University of Quilmes, Municipal Conservatory of Music (Arg.) and at the annual course at The IRCAM with Tristan Murail (France, 1996/97).
Her works received awards as: 1st prize at “The International Young Composers’ Meeting” (Holland); 2nd prize at “Diffusion” (Ireland); residence at the “International Competition of Electroacoustic Music” (France); mention at “Pierre Schaeffer International Competition of Computer Music”; 5º prize at “The 60 seconds Piano Composition Competition” Paris New Music Review (USA); selected at “The International Competition of Composers and interpreters Deutsche Gesellschaft Flute” (Germany); 1st prize at the “National Composition Competition J.C.Paz”; the “Toda La Data Competition”; TRIME-TRINAC; SonoImagenes. In 1999, she was awarded with the life-First Music Price of the Buenos Aires City Government.
She received fellowships from: IRCAM, VCCA/UNESCO-Aschberg; Yvar Mikhashoff Trust For New Music Foundation; Beheer Groep; National Fund of the Arts, University of Quilmes; Luigi Russolo Competition (Italy) and commissions from Antorchas Foundation, Theater Municipal General San Martin, De Ereprijs, GMEB, FNA, Culture Fund BA, ProDanza, ProTheater, and Experimenta Ensemble. She participated at events like: Festival Synthese (France); Yjsebreker (Holland); Symposium of Computer Music (Brazil); Days of electroacoustic music (Uruguay); Florida Festival of Electroacoustic Music (U.S.); The ISCM World Music Days (U.K.); Diffusion (Ireland); Thom Theater (South Africa); Experimenta (Arg-Chile); Contemporary Music Festival, among others. Her works has been recorded at Wergo Label and 80 Mundos Label.