Orlando Jacinto García, DMA, is the Director of the School of Music at Florida International University as well as Professor of Music and the area coordinator for the FIU Music Composition Program.
Through more than one hundred and forty works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961. In demand as a guest composer and lecturer, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and cultural institutions including the Rockefeller, Fulbright, Dutka, and Cintas Foundations, the State of Florida Council for the Arts and the Ariel, Noise International, Matiz Rangel, Nuevas Resonancias, Sonic Circuits, Salvatore Martirano, and Bloch International Competitions. Most recently he has been the recipient of 3 Latin Grammy nominations in the best Contemporary Classical Composition Category (2009-11). With performances in most of the major capitols of the world, his works are recorded on New Albion, O.O. Discs, CRI New World, Albany, NorthSouth, CRS, Rugginenti, VDM, Capstone, Innova, CNMAS, and Opus One Records and are available from Kallisti Music Press and the American Composers Alliance.
Garcia has presented and recorded numerous works by Cuban composers residing in Cuba and abroad as part of the FIU New Music Miami Festival, the Music of the Americas Festival, and the NODUS Ensemble all of which he founded and directs. The inclusion of many of these works is a result of his participation in a variety of festivals, conferences, and other related events held around the world as well as his research on the classical music created in Cuba beginning with the Spanish colonization and ending with today’s composers.
Areas of expertise: music composition, technology and music, electronic music
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