Richard Martinez is a New York musician who started his film composing career in 2005, when he scored the documentary Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, which was on the short list for a 2005 Oscar nomination. Since then he has composed music for numerous documentaries and films including Greg Motolla's The Daytrippers, produced by Nancy Tenenbaum and Steven Soderbergh, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance International Film Festival. Many of the documentaries scored by Martinez aired on PBS such as the Emmy Nominated film The Longoria Affair, by filmmaker John J. Valadez.
Martinez also composed original music for theater, which includes Viva La Vida, based on the life of Frida Kahlo, starring Mercedes Ruehl; and The Dog in the Manger for The Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington D.C. On Broadway, Richard was also the electronic music designer for M Butterfly, as well as the musical director for Tony-Award winner Julie Taymor's The Green Bird.
Richard has performed with many prominent musical acts including Blood, Sweat and Tears, Carly Simon, Noel Pointer, Betty Buckley, Gregory Hines, Dave Valentin, Harry Belafonte, and George Russell. He has also lectured at Berklee College of Music, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College among other academic institutions.
Most notably, Richard has worked closely alongside Oscar award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal on most of his scores, producing and sound designing for projects such as Frida, Public Enemies, Final Fantasy, Titus, Sphere, Heat, Interview with the Vampire, Batman Forever, and numerous others.