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Pablo Ortiz


Pablo Ortiz teaches Composition at the University of California, Davis. Major commissioners include the Koussevitzky Foundation to write Raya en el mar, for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players,  Fideicomiso para la cultura Mexico-US to write children's songs, the Gerbode Foundation to compose Oscuro, for Chanticleer and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Terezin Foundation.

In 1993 he was a Fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2008 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Recent premieres include Suomalainen tango, for orchestra, by the Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, Tango Futurista, for intonarumori conducted by Luciano Chessa,  Trois tangos en marge  by the Kovacik, Dann, Karttunen trio at the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid, Gallos y Huesos, an hour-long secular oratorio for five female voices, baritone and harp, and Martin Fierro, for four guitars and three sopranos, both commissioned by the Centro Experimental Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Concerto for Bandoneon, commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony.

A Message to Students and Parents

I write music, and I am particularly interested in Opera, Ballet, and writing for the voices. I believe that I can help the students acquire and develop a long lasting passion for live music. The Festival at Aix en Provence is one of the best known summer festivals in Europe, and it offers a magnificent opportunity to enjoy new and canonic works performed live in an idyllic, small town setting. In addition, students can attend performances by the Academy fellows, master classes and lectures.