Uxia Martinez-Botana commenced her double bass studies with the bass player of the Moscow Virtuosos Orchestra, Witold Patsevich. She continued her studies in Spain and later in the Netherlands at the Conservatorium Amsterdam in the class of Peter Stotijn (modern bass) and Maggie Urquhart (baroque bass).
Uxia has worked with the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia from the early age of 16 and has since then performed with highly accomplished orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Netherlands Philharmonisch Orkest, The Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Weinberger Kammerorchester Zürich, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica and the Orchestre D’Auvergne. She has held the position of principal double bass of the Brussels Philharmonic from 2015-2019.
She has been invited to many festivals, among others, The Gergiev Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival, The Kronberg Academy, Musique 3 Festival, Stellenbosch International music Festival and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg Hohenems.
Uxia has a passion for contemporary music and has premiered several pieces. In 2014 she performed as a soloist with The New European Ensemble at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in February 2017 she was invited to play with the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia. Since 2018 she has also been the Double Bass teacher at the ESMUC University of Music in Barcelona, Catalonia.
Uxia is grateful and delighted to be playing The English Lady (1800 c.a), a double bass belonging to the Willem Vogelaar collection, on loan from The National Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation. She also plays a Ludwig Neuner (1854), loaned by a private sponsor.