Pablo Ortiz teaches Composition at the University of California, Davis since 1994. He holds degrees from the Universidad Católica Argentina and Columbia University. He has composed chamber, orchestral, vocal, choral and electroacoustic music, as well as music for theatre and film. Major commissioners include the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the Koussevitzky Foundation, Fideicomiso para la Cultura Mexico-US, the Gerbode Foundation 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; Gallos y Huesos, an hour-long secular oratorio for five female voices, baritone and harp; Martin Fierro, for four guitars and three sopranos; Maizal del gregoriano, for SATB choir and celesta, commissioned by the Centro Experimental Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Where the breath is, for soprano and string quartet premiered by Else Torp and the Smith Quartet; and a Concerto for Bandoneon, commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra. Within the last few years, he has collaborated extensively with the Orchestre Musique des Lumieres in Switzerland on several recording and performance projects: Nuevo Tango Nuevo, Mores Redux, The Cortazar Album, An English Garden, Victoria Redux and most recently, The Brodsky Album, premiered in Delemont in June of 2022.