- One of Mexico’s most prominent composers today, with an international career that includes recent commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
- Rhythmically driven musical language synthesizes high art, folk music, and jazz in novel, sophisticated ways
- Her music, which includes works for chamber ensemble, orchestra, opera, dance, and cinema, frequently addresses gender and racial issues, social justice, and environmental concerns
- Awards include the National Prize for Arts and Literature, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Fulbright Fellowship, and Banff Center for the Arts Residency
Works by Gabriela Ortiz include:
Téenek (2017) for orchestra
Antrópolis (2019) for orchestra
Yanga (2019) for choir, percussion quartet and orchestra
Altar de Cuerda (2022) for violin and orchestra
Clara (2021) for orchestra
For more information and sound samples, please visit www.gabrielaortiz.com.
Looking Ahead: This October, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel present Ortiz’s Yanga, Kauyumari, and Altar de Cuerda with solo violinist Maria Dueñas as part of their Pan American Music Initiative in Los Angeles, before embarking on a multi-city tour with performances in Boston, New York, Mexico City, and Guanajuato.
“Gabriela is one of the most talented composers in the world—not only in Mexico, not only in our continent—in the world. Her ability to bring colors, to bring rhythm and harmonies that connect with you is something beautiful, something unique.”