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Biography
Dr. Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

In 2007, Dr. Alfredo Rolando Ortiz was invited to compose a piece to be premiered on July 22, 2008, during the Tenth World Harp Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Originally composed for four harps or harp ensemble, the piece was performed by 232 harpists, breaking the Guinness World Record of the largest harp ensemble to date.


In April, 2009, performing his own compositions, he was one of the winners of the Beverly Hills Chamber Music Auditions of the Southern California Chamber Music Presenters Consortium.

On July 19, 2009, twelve 5th grade harp students of Lou Anne Neill (harpist of the Los Angeles Phlharmonic), from Moffett Elementary School, performed Alfredo’s composition PAISAJE, during the Opening Night Gala of the Hollywood Bowl, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Symphony, for an audience of over seventeen thousand.


Internationally acclaimed by the critics, soloist of the "arpa paraguaya" (Paraguayan harp), a composer, author, educator and recording artist, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz considers his "most important concert" playing the harp in the delivery room during the birth of his second daughter.


Alfredo was born in Cuba. When he was eleven years old he immigrated with his family to Venezuela. Four years later he began studying the Venezuelan folk harp with his school friend Fernando Guerrero. A year later he became a pupil of Alberto Romero on the Paraguayan harp. Just two years after his first harp lesson, he began medical studies in Medellín, Colombia, began performing professionally and recorded his first album. Music supported his medical studies until graduation. Five years later he moved to the United States to continue studies of Music Therapy. Two years later he married Luz Marina Otero. For eight years from the time of his graduation from medical school, he worked in the medical field as well as a harpist and recording artist, until his wife became pregnant. In order to have time for his growing family, he then decided to dedicate his life only to them and to his first love: the harp.

With a multicultural repertoire that covers folk, classical and popular music from many countries, as well as his original compositions, Alfredo has performed for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. He has recorded over forty albums and is the winner of a Gold Record in South America. He has lectured on a variety of subjects at universities, colleges and schools, is the author of several harp music books and articles and his compositions have been performed and recorded by classical and folk harpists in many countries. His “Venezolana for Five Pedal Harps” has become a favorite of harp ensembles around the world.

His acclaimed “South American Suite for Harp and Orchestra” premiered March 3, 1996. Dr Ortiz was invited to perform his Suite at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1999, with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, having as audience over one thousand classical harpists from around the world.
He has also performed his Suite in Venezuela, Guatemala, Brazil, Turkey, New Zealand and with several orchestras in the United States, among them the New Mexico Symphony and the El Paso Symphony. With this last orchestra his did the first recording of his Suite, available in CD.


Among his concerts and recitals are:
Solo Recital and educational audiovisual presentation about the Latin American Harps at
the American Harp Society Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1976. The first time ever
a non-pedal harp was presented in recital at an American harp Society Conference.
Multiple recitals and conferences at subsequent American harp Society Conferences.

Opening Concert of the First World Harp Congress, Holland, 1983
Third World Harp Congress, Vienna, Austria, 1987
Rochas Festival of the Harp, Paraguay, 1988
Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Scotland, 1987, 1991 & 2005
World Harp Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1992
Soka International Harp Festival, Japan, 1990, 1994 and 1998
World Harp Congress, Dublin, Ireland, 2005
Latin American Harps Encounter, Venezuela - 1998, Mexico - 2000 & 2004, Brazil - 2006
World Harp Congress, The Netherlands, 2008, when 232 harpists,
including Alfredo, performed the World Premiere of his composition
Cumbia Verde, The largest harp ensemble to date.
International Folk Harp Conference, 1984, 86, 88, 90, 92, 94, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2010
Somerset Folk Harp Festival, 2013 (Also multiple recitals and educational workshops and
lectures for the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in previous years)
Seventh World harp Festival (Séptimo Festival Mundial del Arpa), Paraguay, 2013
25th Anniversary of the Soka International Harp Festival, Japan, 2013
Invited for workshops on Latin American harps music and techniques
in Sidney, Australia, for the World Harp Congress, 2014

IGUAZU

Composed and performed by
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

Dedicated to the Iguazu waterfalls,
in the jungle of South America.

ZAYANTE

Composed and performed by
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

Dedicated to his friends in santa Cruz, California

MILONGA FOR LOVING

(Milonga para amar)

Composed and performed by
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

Dedicated to his wife, Luz Marina

MERENGUE ROJO

Composed and performed by
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

SOUTH AMERICAN SUITE

FOR HARP AND ORCHESTRA

Composed by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
Excerpts of concert of September 23, 2000

El Paso Symphony • Conductor: Gürer Aykal
Harpist: Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

CUMBIA VERDE

Composed by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
WORLD PREMIEREl during the

Tenth World Harp Congress

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 22, 2008

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz joined 232 harpists for
this event. The largest harp orchestra to date.