Boosey & Hawkes signs composer Gabriela Ortiz

Boosey & Hawkes is pleased to welcome acclaimed composer Gabriela Ortiz to its roster of artists. Winner of the Mexican National Prize for Arts and Literature and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Ortiz is one of Mexico’s most important composers today, whose burgeoning international career includes recent commissions from the Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles, the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. of Venezuela, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Ortiz’s music is championed by conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who said in an interview with NPR: “Gabriela is one of the most talented composers in the world – not just in Mexico, not just on our continent – in the world. Her ability to bring colors, to bring rhythm and harmonies that connect with you is something beautiful, something unique.”

[WATCH: Sound/Stage, Ortiz and Dudamel in conversation]

Ortiz’s rhythmic musical language encompasses folk music and jazz, drawing on a rich musical education from the parents of the famous folk music ensemble “Los Folkloristas”. She trained at the National Conservatory of Music (Mexico) with Mario Lavista and at the National University of Mexico with Federico Ibarra, then later studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University London. Ortiz’s scores reflect these global influences, and she cites the music of Debussy, Revueltas, Chávez, Stravinsky and Bartók as major inspiration for the way she conceives of rhythm and harmony, and the way she approaches its cultural heritage in music.

Over the past three years, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has premiered three works by Ortiz: Kauyumari, Rangeand Teenek. Of Kauyumarithe Los Angeles Times wrote: “With her eyes (and kaleidoscopic ears), this Gaby in the sky with diamonds transformed the playful melody into a ravishing vision, her repetitive rhythms keeping a listener glued while the changing instrumental colors created the disconcerting effect to feel unstuck.”

Dudamel created Ortiz Claire with the New York Philharmonic last March at Alice Tully Hall. New York Classic Review described the piece as “music that had an incredible, thrilling energy in a way that has rarely been heard in a classical concert hall…In a season that has been full of excellent new orchestral pieces, Ortiz’s Claire has established itself as both the most complex and the most exciting.”

In addition to orchestral scores, Ortiz’s extensive catalog includes a range of chamber works and politically charged operas. Ortiz often addresses contemporary topics and real-life stories in his music, including issues of gender and race, immigration, and the environment. Political subjects are particularly highlighted in his operas Luciernaga (Firefly), Ana y su Sombra (Ana and her shadow), and Only the verdad (only the truth).

Steven Lankenau, Senior Vice President of Boosey & Hawkes, says: “When I first met Gabriela in 2008, her music impressed me immediately and deeply. I have followed her impressive career with great interest ever since. and I’m thrilled to finally be working with her.Her music is an exciting addition to the acclaimed Boosey & Hawkes catalog.

Gabriela Ortiz says: “I am extremely delighted to sign with Boosey & Hawkes. It is important to me that my music is in good hands and can reach a wider international audience. Just the idea of ​​signing with a music house such an important edition, where I will be on the list with wonderful composers whom I deeply admire, such as John Adams and Stravinsky, is a great honor.”

Looking ahead, two new orchestral works are receiving their world premieres in May: Altar of Cuerda for violin and orchestra with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, violinist Maria Dueñas and Gustavo Dudamel (May 14-15); and Tzam for orchestral premieres with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langrée (May 14-15). from Ortiz Rangean 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 7. This summer, Carlos Miguel Prieto directs his work Teenek with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (24-26 June), the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria (16-17 July) and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival (5 August).

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