»The ideal combination of intellect, technique and passion, refinement of touch, perfect technique, concentration and control, exceptional dynamic potential, original ideas and unconventional interpretations« give Ratimir Martinović, by the critics' words, one of the leading places among pianists of his generation.
Born in Kotor (Montenegro), he graduated in 1999 from the class of Kemal Gekić at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Serbia), playing in one night Bach's »Goldberg Variations«, Beethoven's »Hammerklavier Sonata«, Chopin's Four Ballades, and Prokofiev's «Toccata«, to great critical aclaim. He received his Masters degree, playing an all Bach program. At present, Martinović works as Full professor of piano at the Academy of Arts.
He has worked and had advanced studies with well-known pedagogues and pianists such as Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Hiroko Nakamura, Jacques Rouvier, Arie Vardi, Sergio Perticaroli and many others.
Since his twelfth year he has played in over seven hundred recitals, chamber music concerts as well as with orchestra in almost all European countries, United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and elswehere. He has played in New York (Stern Auditorium at Carnegie hall), Rome (Auditorium Parco della Musica), London (St. John Smith Square, St. James Piccadilly), Shanghai (Oriental Art Centre), Seoul (Seoul Art Center), Prague (Rudolfinum, Smetana hall), Taipei (Hall of the National Theatre), Toronto (Glenn Gould Studio), Zagreb (Lisinski hall), Belgrade (Sava centre, Kolarac hall) as well as in Montreal, Moscow, Lisbon, Prague, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Salzburg, Vancouver, Kansas City, Heidelberg, Bari, St. Petersbourg, Tokyo, Santa Barbara, Fukuoka, Beijing, Helsinki, Florence, Tubingen, Montpellier, Granada, Vicenza..
Martinović plays as soloist with orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony Orchestra , Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vogtland Philharmonic, Thailand Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Plovdiv State Symphony Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic orchestra, North Czech Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Radio-Televison Serbia Symphony Orchestra as well as witch chamber orchestras such as „Viotti“ Orchestra, Kaliningrad Chamber Symphony, St. Georg’s Strings, Young European Soloists, The Orchestra of the North Shore and many others.
Martinović has recorded two CDs with the works by Bach/Tausing, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev and Bach’s »Goldberg variations«.
He is the winner of many domestic and international awards and tributes. After initial successes in piano competitions at very early age, Ratimir Martinović withdrew from the competition scene, devoting his time to playing concerts and teaching.
Martinović is the founder and member of KotorArt Trio, together with violinist Roman Simovic (concert-master of London Symphony Orchestra) and clarinetist Aleksandar Tasic (solo clarinetist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra). He has also played chamber music with cellists Misha Maisky and Kirill Rodin, among others. He is one of the founders of International Festival Kotor Art its Music Director.