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Linda Martinez

Composer and pianist

Composer and pianist Linda Martinez, died May 19. She was 29. The cause of death was suicide.

A former child prodigy, she performed her original music at concerts at the Kennedy Center and The United Nations.

Martinez performed with jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Ernie Watts, and Bobby Shew. Most recently, she performed at Disney Hall with the L.A. Master Chorale and legendary Latin artists Sheila E. and Alex Acuna.

After graduating from USC, she became keyboardist for “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.” This led to other performances with artists such as Jagged Edge, Genuine, Sugar Ray, and Paulina Rubio. In 2000, she began touring with Destiny’s Child and composed music for their live shows, including the 2001 Grammy and Brit Awards, the 2001 MTV Icon Awards honoring Janet Jackson, and for their 2002 MTV TRL Survivor.

In 2003, she won the National Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers’ Competition, composing and orchestrating the score for silent film “The Ragman.” Her film scores include “Catching Kringle,” “Boy Next Door” and “Exit Smiling.” She has also composed music programs for the History Channel including “The XY Factor,” “Bomber Benn,” and “Muhammad, God’s Prophet,” and additional music for “Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids.”

During her long association with composer Laura Karpman, Linda wrote source music and contributed to the orchestrations for Columbia-Tristar’s “The Princess and the Marine,” director Charles Burnett’s “The Annihilation of Fish,” TV movie “Carrie,” Showtime’s “Odyssey 5,” and the miniseries “Taken” produced by Steven Spielberg.

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