Pablo Ortiz (b. 1956)
Pablo Ortiz teaches composition at the University of California, Davis. He received commissions and fellowships from the Fromm and Guggenheim foundations (1993), and the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1996). In 1997 and 1998 Ortiz wrote two chamber operas, Parodia and Una voz en el viento, for the Centro Experimental Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. In 1999 he received a Koussevitzky Foundation commission to writeRaya en el mar. In 2000 he received a grant from Fideicomiso para la cultura Mexico-US to write bilingual children’s songs. Recently, he was commissioned by the Gerbode Foundation to write a piece for Chanticleer and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. A new CD, Oscuro, including this and other works has been released by Albany Records. Another CD, including his collaborations with Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, has been released on the Petals label in Finland. In January 2008, his Suomalainen tango was premiered by the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona at the Auditori. He is also a recipient of a 2008 Academy Award in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His works include chamber and solo music, vocal, orchestral, and electronic compositions, and music for plays and films.