"Take a look at this talented musician and hire him for your next event! You will not be disappointed!"
Anita Starr, Owner, A STARR Events
Monterey Bay, CA
"I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful music you provided for the bridal tea party. Your talent made the shower that much more special."
"... a true gem. Your phrasing and dynamics are perfect! Nice job Michael!"
Michael Martinez has a talent that began blossoming at a young age. He started playing piano at age 12, and soon thereafter began playing restaurant gigs and private parties. He was introduced to acclaimed New Age pianist Jonathon Lee at age 13, and subsequently became his protegé. After Lee’s passing in 2004, Michael took over Lee’s position as The Grand Piano Man for the Big Sur International Marathon. He has played annually for the runners on the nine foot concert grand piano at the famous Bixby Bridge turnout ever since.
Michael is well known and quite active in the Monterey Bay music community, playing for private events, festivals, and with various other musicians. He is also the Music Director for the Center for Spiritual Awakening.
Whether you need light background music for a small social gathering, or upbeat jazz during a cocktail party, Michael’s musical repertoire is fitting for all occasions. Michael seamlessly blends genres from jazz to classical to movie themes and original compositions into a steady stream of music, always going with the flow of the event.
Michael has played for:
||Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove Art Walk
Pebble Beach Food and Wine
Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach
Tehama Golf Club
and many more!