Marta Santamaria

In the orchestra since 2019

Born in Santpedor, Catalunya, Marta Santamaria Llavall is a flute and passionate piccolo player.

After finishing her Bachelor and Master degree in Barcelona (ESMUC) and in London (Royal College of Music), she stablished herself as a successful freelancer.

Consequently, Marta currently works with some of the leading UK and European orchestras, such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Teatro alla Scala (Milano), Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Roma, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Les Dissonances, Spira Mirabilis and Orquestra del Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, among others.

Since September 2019, Marta combines her freelancing career with her position as Solo-Piccolo with musicAeterna.

I don’t remember having to make such decision. For me it’s been a natural process, it’s where life has taken me as a result of following my passion. This doesn’t mean it’s been an easy path, but I always overcame the difficulties by finding the joy and the passion in what I was doing. And I feel extremely privileged to be able to live from what I love doing! On top of this, I find very fulfilling the fact that, as musicians, we are in constant development and on an endless learning process. We are constantly in touch with our own emotions in order create and express ourselves with our instruments and, on top of that, we share all this with the others and even accompany the listeners on their own emotions and life processes. How beautiful is that?
I remember my very first performance very well. The room, the light, the concert programmes, my teacher, my parents listening, how I was feeling, what I was wearing… it was in my former conservatoire, near my hometown. I played “Oh when the saints go marching in” and my sister accompanied me on the piano. I had been waiting for years to start playing the flute. All my brothers and sister played an instrument (I’m the youngest of 5) so I didn’t understand why I couldn’t play too. I was too young, they said… I didn’t want to play any of the instruments my brothers played. I was in love with the flute and had wanted to play it since I can remember. So, when I finally could start learning the flute, it felt like if a dream was becoming true.
Since I was given a piccolo while in my local wind band back home, I enjoyed playing this instrument very much. The more I would play and practice it, the more I fell in love with it and with the variety of roles it takes when played in the orchestra. But what I’ve especially enjoyed during all these years has been to discover all the possibilities and expressive resources this instrument can give, and to constantly push myself to extend the technical limits the piccolo presents you with. Moreover, I have to admit that what also gives me real satisfaction is to constantly defend the piccolo as a solo instrument with its own possibilities and personality, both as an orchestral instrument and also as a soloistic one.
I love many things about musicAeterna and feel very privileged to be part of this wonderful musical family. What for me is very important is the fact that, here, making music comes first. Creating something together is the absolute priority and everyone is fully committed to this. The fact that every player is willing to push their own limits, leaving their comfort zones aside in order to explore new colours, techniques, expressive resources, etc., is not easy at times but the trust and support from colleagues and Maestro is what allows all this to happen and what makes musicAterna a very special orchestra.

musicAeterna orchestra events

An event of Salzburg Festival

Paul Dessau
Guernica – Piano piece after Picasso

Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Piano Sonata ‘27. April 1945’

Dmitry Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110 – ‘In memory of the victims of fascism and the war’

Alfred Schnittke
Requiem for solo voices, choir and chamber ensemble

An event of Salzburg Festival

Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas – Opera in three acts on a libretto by Nahum Tate after Virgil’s epic poem Aeneis
(Concert Performance)

Dmitry Shostakovich
Symphony No. 14 in G minor for soprano, bass and chamber orchestra op. 135


Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Opera “Tristan and Isolde” (concert performance), 1859


Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Opera “Tristan and Isolde” (concert performance), 1859