Mártires de León
Principal guitarist and bachata producer of the Dominican Republic, Mártires de León brings to the Bachata Academy a deep understanding of the bachata tradition and its evolution over the past four decades. Mártires fell in love with music as a child and learned to play the guitar from a badly printed book that was sold at a discount from a local music store.
Then he studied with Antonio Brito of the National Conservatory of Santo Domingo. Through the 90s, up until recently, he recorded and produced with bachateros in the DR. Mártires was a founding member of the band Monchy and Alexandra with whom he toured the world, including several major performances at Madison Square Garden. His music tracks have won Billboard awards, Cassandras from the Dominican Republic and a Grammy nomination.
Mártires is fundamental for the Bachata Academy project. He has helped formalize the bachata curriculum and expand the horizons of future professionals of the genre.