Paulo Martins started his musical activity at Sociedade Artística Musical Fafense and Banda de Golães, later on began his formal studies at Academy of Music José Atalaya - Fafe and continued them at Guimarães Conservatoire, in which he finished the course with the higher grade, 20. In 2012 concluded his degree also with 20, at Minho University, coordenated by professor doctor Vítor Matos.
Has come to take part in several contests such as Young Musicians of Guimarães, playing solo along with Guimarães Conservatoire orchestra, recorded to Antena 2 as a winner of José Augusto Alegria Internacional Competition, International Clarinet Congresses in Madrid and Lisbon, ClarinetFest 2015 - Madrid (ICA), TransEuropéennes of Rouen Festival, Erudite Music’s Festival “Guimarães Allegro”, “Guimarães Sound Cinema” Festival, “Guimarães Jazz” Festival, Cantania (Guimarães), Colloquium of Studies in Musical Interpretation – “Performance in context”, as well as some other national meetings.
As a solo performer won multiple prizes since 2005: 1st prize of the 1st and 2nd Wind Competition Guimarães Conservatoire, 1st prize of International Music Competition – José Augusto Alegria Prize (senior category), 2nd prize of International Music Competition – Terras de La Sallete (senior category), 2nd prize of Clarinet Music Competition - Fafe (junior category), 3rd prize of Clarinet Music Competition - Paços Premium (junior category), 3rd prize of International Music Competition - Terras de La Salette (junior category), honourable mention of Competition “David Russel”. Was finalist of scholarship by Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, finalist of Marco Fiorindo Competition (senior category) - Italy and finalist of MusiCaldas Competition - Caldas da Rainha.
Through his career has had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with teachers like Alessandro Carbonare, Carlos Alves, Chen Alevi, François Benda, Harri Mäki, Jordi Pons, Michel Lethiec, Matthias Schorn, Nuno Pinto, Ronald Spaendok and Tibor Reman.
In terms of orchestras and chamber music he worked with Cristóbal Soler (Principal guest conductor of Navarra Symphony Orchestra), Christoph Koncz (2nd violin of Wiener Philharmoniker e Concertmaster of Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra), Christopher Bochmann (Principal conductor of Lisbon Youth Symphony Orchestra), Daniel Stabrawa (Berliner Philharmoniker concertmaster), Francesco Belli (Principal conductor of Latin Philarmonia Orchestra), Francisco Ferreira (Principal conductor of BSP), Hans Casteleyn, Jean Marc Burfin, Joana Carneiro (Principal conductor of Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra), Luís Machado, Luís Pipa, Lluis Vila, Martin Baker, Oxana Schvets, Roberto Perez, Rui Pinheiro (Principal conductor of Southern Classical Orchestra), Toby Hoffman, Vítor Matos (Principal conductor of Guimarães Orchestra) and William Malambri. Also with orchestra, worked with solo artists such as Dora Rodrigues, Elisabete Matos, Eliot Lawson, Felipe Belijar, Isolda Rubio, Justo Sanz, Lorena Valero, Luís Pipa, Pavel Gomzyakov, Ricardo Barceló, Sérgio Carolino, etc. In 2010 recorded a CD named “Gloriam” with Amares Band, Vítor Matos as a conductor, later in 2013 recorded another CD called “OASIS” with Portuguese Symphonic Band, Francisco Ferreira as a conductor and Felipe Belijar as a solist.
In 2010 and 2020 he collaborated with the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Braga. In 2012, incorporated Under-21 Orchestra of Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture as 1st clarinet. In the next year appeard as a solo performer with Academic Orchestra of Minho University as a result of being the best instrument student that same year at that same university. In 2014 incorporated the Gulbenkian intership for orchestra, Joana Carneiro as a conductor, as well as being invited to be a member of Guimarães Orchestra as B Solist. In 2015 was a substitute as 1st clarinet at Bonfim Orchestra and in 2016 was a semi-finalist for Auxiliary Solist Clarinet of Gulbenkian Orchestra.
In 2015 finished his master degree in teaching of music at Minho University with the grade 19 in his master thesis defence. Was a teacher at Academy of Music Costa Cabral (Oporto) and is currently working as a teacher at Guimarães Conservatoire as teacher of Clarinet and conductor of a Wind Orchestra.
Recently published an article in the Portuguese Music Magazine "DaCapo".
Since 2017, he is a Henri SELMER Paris artist and plays the Recital clarinets.
Unavoidable pillars of the Henri SELMER Paris range, the 'Recital' clarinets offer an incomparable density and roundness of sound.