Award-nominated Trumpeter Luís Martelo studied trumpet at the Conservatoire of Music in Coimbra, The Trinity College of Music - London, and at the University of Évora (Classical Music) with the Teacher Pedro Monteiro.
A former Army trumpet player in Portugal, Martelo has played in the Symphonic Army Band and The Military Band of Évora.
Nominated for the Best Theatre Musicians 2019/2020 by the Cinderella Awards, Martelo has played in bands and orchestras all around Portugal, from north to south; from big bands to classical orchestras and concert bands; as principal Trumpet, soloist and guest artist, including:
- Banda Filármonica Lyra Barcoucense
- Banda de Mourão
- Banda de S.João da Madeira
- Banda de Portel
- Banda de Nsa Sra de Machede
- Big Band da Vidigueira
- Banda dos Bombeiros Voluntários de Alvito
- The Magic Jazz Band (Co-founder)
- Banda da Pampilhosa do Botão
- Orquestra clássica da Universidade de Évora
and many more.
Alongside his busy performance schedule, Martelo has completed a number of masterclasses and courses, such as:
- The 1st and 2nd Brass Masterclass in Taveiro (Portugal)
- The 1st Chamber Music course in Fermentelos (Portugal)
- The Advanced Wind Band Masterclass of John Packer in Taunton
- The Advanced Wind Band Masterclass 2019 and 2020 in Wellington
And in 2019, completed a year-long Online Course with the Brazilian Trumpeter and international Soloist Flávio Gabriel.
During his extensive musical education & career, Martelo has also been taught by a multitude of illustrious brass musicians, notably: Fernando Vidal (Trumpet, Ex Portuguese Army principal trumpeter and conductor), Pedro Monteiro (Trumpet, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Hot Club Portugal-Big Band), Sergei Nakariakov (One of the best trumpet players ever, Russia/Israel), Lechner (Trumpet, international Soloist), Louis Dowdeswel (Yamaha Artist, Lead Player), and Paulo Viveiro (Latin Grammy Winner 2 times, international trumpet soloist, Seu Jorge trumpeter, Brazil).
Now based in England, Martelo is the Principal/Soloist Trumpet of the Taunton Concert Band, Lead Trumpet of the Deane Big Band, Lead trumpet of the Bertie's Big Band, Solo Trumpet of the Postmodern Jukebox UK, Trumpet and Founder of "Lady and the Tramps" and one of the most sought after freelance trumpeters for studio sessions.
Martelo has recorded for many Band’s tracks and albums, and made horn section arrangements.
Recently, he has recorded with Postmodern Jukebox UK, recorded the new single from the band Nederveen called Father, and the new single from the Irish Singer Marie Therese, from Dublin.
Alongside these achievements, Martelo has also recorded for many other projects and live virtual shows as a guest as the Gignify.tv Classical music virtual Festival 2020 and was invited by Philip Schartz, the principal Trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, to join the orchestra as a freelance from now on!
Whilst in England, Martelo has already played Lead Trumpet with Groove-a-Licious (funk/soul band), 1st trumpet/soloist with the Wednesday Classical Orchestra,Lead trumpet/soloist with the Tone Big Band, 1st Trumpet with the Somerset County Orchestra, Trumpet with the Big Noise Street Band, freelance with The Motown Gold Band from Earcandy (Award-winning Band), the Regal Theatre pit orchestra, has played two times live at the BBC Radio, played as a guest the Rite of Spring from Stravinsky with the Brunel Symphony orchestra, and The Golden Coast Big Band from North Devon
Notably, Martelo was declared the winner of the PTrumpet HyTech, offered by Warwick Music UK - 2019.
Finally, Martelo teaches Trumpet and works in his music studio where he produces, composes and records. Recently Luis brought to the market his first trumpet method and is finishing his new Trumpet album called "Latin Soul" with the British producer Martin Selwood.