Beethoven. Mozart. Bach. These are often the first names that come to mind when talking about composers, especially of orchestral music. But what about women? Latina composers? In an effort to highlight and celebrate the diversity present in the composition of music, we are taking a look at seven Latina composers and interpreters of music (past and present) who should be on your radar.
Gabriela Ortiz is considered the leading woman composer of orchestral music in Mexico today, and one of the major classical composers in the world. The music educator has received major commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Kronos Quartet, and will be composing a new symphony, themed on El Camino Real, that will premier in the Bay Area in 2019.