Martín Rincón Botero was born in 1987 in Cali, Colombia. Before studying at the University in Bogotá he worked exclusively with popular music. He played guitar, drum set and keyboard, and was the singer and songwriter of several bands of the city. His particular interest was the Brazilian music.
In 2006 he began studying composition at the Xaverian University in Bogotá, Colombia. There he discovered the “new music”, which was hard to find at the time in Cali. The crucial work that inspired him to write “serious” music, was “Music for 18 musicians” by Steve Reich. The rhythmic and contrapuntal aspects of that work, added to its audible developmental narrative, where a revelation to him. A very strong impression on him made afterward the music of Anders Eliasson, a composer he greatly admires for his great melodic continuity and harmonic elegance. He studied composition among others with Diego Vega, Juan Antonio Cuéllar and Carlos Julio Ramírez Toro. He also received, as part of a project sponsored by the Fundación Batuta, private lessons with Don Freund.
To Germany he came in 2013 to study at the Lübeck University of Music (Musikhochschule), where he finished in 2016 his master studies in composition with Prof. Dieter Mack, and ensemble conducting with Frank Hube. Composition masterclasses with Samuel Adler, Sandeep Bhagwati, Rodney Sharman and Reiko Fueting. He works since October 2013 as conductor in Hamburg and Lübeck, where he resides.
In 2015 he won the Théodore Gouvy composition prize and thus a commission for a composition ("Dreu") for the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken.
For the summer semester 2017 (April-July) he worked as lecturer at the Musikhochschule Lübeck where he taught Work Analysis (Introduction to Pitch-Class Set Theory). He is currently pursuing advanced studies in contemporary repertoire conducting at the Lugano Conservatory in Switzerland with Arturo Tamayo.