- 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: In May, two new orchestral works receive their world premieres: Altar de Cuerda for violin and orchestra debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, violinist Maria Dueñas, and Gustavo Dudamel (May 14-15); and Tzam for orchestra premieres with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langrée (May 14-15).
Ortiz’s Yanga, an epic Beethoven-inspired work for choir, percussion quartet, and orchestra, is performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, and Maurice Cohn on June 22.
This summer, Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts her work Téenek with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Jun 24-26), Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria (Jul 16-17), and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival (Aug 5).
“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.”