Emma Martínez de la Torre Shelton

Emma Martínez de la Torre Shelton (sometimes y Shelton) (15 January 1889 – 1980) was a Cuban-born pianist and composer long active in the Canary Islands.

Emma Martínez de la Torre Shelton
Born(1889-01-15)15 January 1889
Died15 January 1980(1980-01-15) (aged 91)
Havana, Cuba
Musical career
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

Martínez was born in Havana, and moved with her family to Cádiz at the age of three.[1] After lessons at that city's Santa Cecilia Academy and with Rafael Toniasi Requena in Madrid,[2] she traveled to Rome for further work at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She then settled in Tenerife, where she continued her studies with Santiago Sabina Corona.[3] She worked as an accompanist to Néstor de la Torre between 1909 and 1917; she taught at the island's conservatory, and was otherwise heavily active in the musical life of the community as performer and concert organizer. As a composer Martínez was self-taught; most of her output dates to late in her career,[1] and includes orchestral works as well as chamber music and songs.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Historia de Canarias y revista Canarii". www.revistacanarii.com. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  2. ^ Da Voz à Pluma: Escritoras e património documental de autoria feminina de Madeira, Açores, Canárias e Cabo Verde: guia biobibliográfico, L.S.Ascensão de Macedo, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Miguel Ficher; Martha Furman Schleifer; John M. Furman (16 October 2002). Latin American Classical Composers: A Biographical Dictionary. Scarecrow Press. pp. 17–. ISBN 978-1-4616-6911-1.