A native of the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca, César Bourguet began his musical studies at the age of seven with his father, Arturo Martínez San Juan. At 15, he moved to Mexico City to continue his academic formation at the Ollin Yolitzli Cultural Center. He would later pursue further studies at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, Texas and the Florida International University in Miami, Florida. This young performer has studied with such notable cellists as Gayane Mdoyan, David Nasidze, Vagram Saradjan, Vardges Stepanian and Javier Arias. He has also attended Master Classes given by Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Nathaniel Rosen, Desmond Hoebig, Norman Fischer, Yehuda Hanani, William da Rosa and Álvaro Bitrán, among others. Among the awards and distinctions which César Bourguet has won are the First Prize in the 'Schlern International Music Competition' of 2005, held in Völs am Schlern/Fiè allo Sciliar (Italy), as well as the top honors for sonata interpretation in the 'Khachaturian International Cello Competition' (also in 2005), in Yerevan, Armenia. He was also a laureate winner in the 'Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion' competition in Houston, as part of the 2004 Texas Music Festival, and the Moores Concerto Competition, also in Houston. Bourguet has served as principal cellist of the Orchestra X, Galveston and Brazosport Symphonies, and is a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City since 2002. He is member of the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra. If his extraordinary interpretations as a soloist reveal solidity and expressive qualities which are far removed from the norm, his participation as a chamber-music player also distinguishes César Bourguet. He has recorded the four string quartets of Silvestre Revueltas (Martínez Bourguet Quartet Plays Silvestre Revueltas, MB Producciones, 2007) and maintains a busy concert schedule with this quartet, which specializes in performing works by 20th-Century Mexican composers.