Born in Barcelona in 1965, Mayte Martín is considered one of the most important cantaoras (flamenco singers) of her generation. In addition to flamenco, she also focuses on bolero, a Spanish/Latin American genre, and on composition.
Martín recorded her first album, Muy frágil, with guitarist Chicuelo in 1994, a recording that features flamenco and other influences. Free boleros, the product of her collaboration with jazz pianist Tete Montoliu, followed two years later. Her second flamenco CD, Querencia, was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award. On Tiempo de amar, she sings with Cuban artist Omara Portuondo.
The piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque invited Martín in 2007 to collaborate on a project dedicated to Spanish and classical music entitled De fuego y de agua, with which they toured extensively together. Martín’s long-standing artistic relationship with flamenco dancer Belén Maya also deserves mention.
Martín will be making her first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2016–17 season.