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c.v. – orlando jacinto garcía


Florida International University

FIU CARTA – Mana Wynwood
318 NW 23rd Street, Office 104
Miami, FL 33127




Born 1954 in Havana, Cuba migrated to the US in 1961. Naturalized US citizen.


Florida International University


Professor of Music Composition, School of Music / Composer in Residence, FIU  (Distinguished University Professor August 2020 to present

May 2014 to present

Founder and Program Coordinator FIU Music Composition Program

1987 to present

Director of the FIU School of Music

January 2010 to April 2014

Graduate Program Director FIU School of Music

1997 to 2005

Founder, director International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) Miami Section at FIU, the FIU New Music Miami ISCM Festival, and the FIU NODUS Ensemble.

Miami Symphony Orchestra

Resident Composer

May 2014 to present


University of Miami (Miami, FL)
Dennis Kam, major professor

Doctor in Musical Arts (DMA), Music Composition


Master of Music (MM), Theory and Composition


Florida International University (Miami, FL)

Resident Composer


Frostburg State University
(Frostburg, MD)

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Philosophy and Spanish Literature


Additional studies with Morton Feldman, Bernard Rands, Earle Brown, John Corigliano, David Del Tredici among others.

selected publications and recordings


Articles published in Living Music Journal, New Music Box, Society of Composers Journal, SEAMUS Journal, among others.


9 solo CDs and works on 14 other compilation CDs released on New Albion, O.O. Discs, Opus One, Albany, CRI/New World, Capstone, North/South, CRS, Rugginenti and VDM (Italy), CNMAS (Mexico), Innova, Telos, Toccata Classics, Metier/Divine Arts record labels.

commissions for premieres by

The New World Symphony Orchestra, Bertram Turetzky, Corrado Canonici (Italy), Suono Sacro Ensemble (Italy), ArrayMusic (Canada), Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), Maya Beiser, Robert Dick, Kathleen Supove, James Fulkerson, Joan La Barbara, Orquesta de Valencia (Spain), Orquesta de Malaga (Spain), Continuum, Miami String Quartet, Nuevo Ensemble de Segovia (Spain), Cantus Ensemble (Croatia), Sequenza Sur (Mexico), Seattle Modern Orchestra with pianist Cristina Valdes and violist Melia Watras, among others.


Awards and Grants from the Fulbright Foundation: artist and Senior lectureships in Venezuela and Spain 1991 and 1996, Rockefeller Foundation: Bellagio Center 1999 and American Academy in Rome Visiting Artist 2000; James L Knight Foundation Challenge Grant for the creation of a new Multidisciplinary work 2015, Civitella Ranieri Foundation Center Artist Residency 2013, MacDowell Colony and Millay Colony artist residencies summer 2014, Bogliasco Foundation Residency 2015, Visby International Centre for Composers 2015 and 2017, Studios of Key West 2021; Cintas Foundation Fellowships 1994 and 1999, Dutka Foundation Fellowship 2001, Sal Martirano Award 2001, Sonic Circuits Competition prize 2001, Nuevas Resonancias prize 2000 (Mexico), Bloch Competition 2000 (France), State of Florida Composers Fellowship 2001, Matiz Rangel Prize 2005 (Colombia), 5 Latin Grammy nominations for best contemporary classical composition 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2021. Numerous grants from Florida International University: Provost’s research awards 1999, 2005, TIP awards 1993 and 1996, Sabbaticals Fall 2008, 1991-92, CAS research grants 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2014, Faculty Excellence in Research Awards 1994, 2002, 2015, among others.

additional performances of note by

Buffalo Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Alabama Symphony, National Orchestra of El Salvador, Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Orquesta Filarmonica Nacional de Venezuela, Orquesta Sinfonica Carlos Chavez (Mexico), Orquesta Nacional de la Republica Dominicana, Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle-Cali (Colombia), Malaga Philharmonic (Spain), Miami Symphony Orchestra, Lviv Philharmonic (Ukraine), Szczecin Philharmonic (Poland), Silesia Symphony Orchestra (Poland), Mrozek Woytek (Poland), Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Mexico), Bang on a Can All Stars, Barton Workshop (Holland), Gregg Smith Singers, Robert Black, Henri Bok (Holland), Daniel Kientzy (France), Michael Bach (Germany), Anthony de Mare, Yvar Mikhashoff, Guido Arbonelli (Italy), Pierre-Yves Artaud (France), among others.

in addition to numerous performances at concerts and recitals in many of the major capitols of the Americas, Europe, and Asia, performances and participation at major festivals such as

International Music Festivals in Poland: Katowice 2012, Silesia and Sandomierz 2013, Szczecin 2014; Foro de Nueva Musica Manuel Enrique Mexico City 1993, 1994, 2004, 2015, 2016, International New Music Festival Michoacan Morelia 2007, Cervantino Guanajuato 2007, 2010, Peninsula Sonora Merida 2014, Visiones Sonoras Morelia 2014, Seminario Mexicano de Musica Electroacustica (SMME) Festival Series 2014, 2015 DF, Mexico; International Review of Composers Serbia Belgrade 2016; International Computer Music Conference (ICMC): Singapore 2003, Miami 2004, New Orleans 2006, New York 2010; Society for Electroacoustic Music Conferences (SEAMUS) 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015; Music Festivals Spain: Asturias 1990, Alicante 1992, 1997, Salamanca 1993, 1997, 2001, 2006, Segovia 1995, 1997, 2001, 2007, 2014, Madrid 2011, 2014; Music Festivals Italy: Senegallia 1999, 2002 – 04, 2006, Ancona 1997, 1998, Assisi 2001, 2002, 2014, 2015 Acqui Terme 2002, Avellino 2006, Reggio Emilia 2004, Rome 2003, 2005; Spring Havana Festival Cuba 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010 and Festival de la Habana 2015, 2016, 2017; International New Music Festival Lima, Peru 2005, 2009; Zagreb Biennale 2009 Croatia; Society of Composers Incorporated (SCI) National Conferences 1982, 1987, 1988, 1992,1996, 1997, 2008; New Music San Diego 2007; Romania International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) Festival 2006; VI International Electroacoustic Music Festival Ai-Maako, 2006 Chile; New Music Festivals El Salvador 2005, 2006; World Bass Clarinet Congress 2005 Holland; Festival Tashkent 2005, Uzbekistan; Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival (FEAMF): 2000, 2004, 2005; International New Music Festival in Bogota Colombia 2003; Viva Musica Festival Portugal 2003; New Music Macedonia 2003; Latin American Music Festival (Festival Latinoamericano de Musica) 1991-95, 2000, 2002 Venezuela; North American Music Festival 1988, 2000; 8thSonidos Festival (Cuba) NYC 1999; Musica Nova Sofia 1998; International Society for Contemporary Music World Music Days 1997 Korea; Foro del Caribe: Venezuela 1992, Puerto Rico 1993, El Salvador 1995, Venezuela 1996; Bourges Festival 1995 (France); Bang on a Can Festival NYC 1993; New Music America Miami 1988.

interdisciplinary works

Recent collaborations (2009-14) with Jacek Kolasinski (video), Campbell McGrath (poetry), Augusto Soledade (dance), and John Stuart (video and architecture). This includes works for sound, video, and/or movement premiered at the Cervantino Festival, Cannes Film Festival, SoundImageSound Festival, Florida Dance Festival, and the premiere at the 2009 Biennale in Zagreb, Croatia of a 75- minute experimental video opera. More recently segments of Parallel Universes for video, electronics, and chamber ensemble have been presented at the International New Music Festival in Lima, Peru and at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico. In December 2017 and January 2018 two site specific works commissioned by the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens were presented. The first of the two was an interactive installation placed in the museums music room which brought the harpsichord, harp, and dulcimer to life as museum goers passed by and the second a work performed twice in the pool grotto area for string trio, wind chimes, wine glasses and fixed media was created utilizing the resonant qualities of the space. Upcoming work A Rising Tide an evening long work being created with the support of the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant. The work being created with the additional support of Faena Art will include video, electronics, instruments, vocalists, movement and text and is a collaboration with choreographer Augusto Soledade, poet Campbel McGrath, visual artist Jacek Kolasinski, and designer architect John Stuart. The work focusing on sea level rise was premiered in Miami Beach in May 2018.

Selected previous lectures, interviews on TV/radio, and master class/forum presentations

Spring 2016 lectures at University of California San Diego and the Simon Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela, Fall 2015 lectures at DePaul and Northwestern, University of Washington, UNAM (Mexico City), UDLAP (Puebla Mexico) and the Instrumenta Festival (Oaxaca Mexico), November 2011, February 2012, November 2014 in Madrid, Spain at the New Music Festival of the City of Madrid (COMA) and while on the international jury for the BBVA prize; lectures and master classes at Birmingham University, York University, Keele University, and the Royal Academy of Music during tours of the UK 2005 and Fall 2014; lectures and master classes at the Universidad Autonoma (Mexico City), Centro Nacional Mexicano de Artes Sonoras (CNMAS), Center for the Arts Mexico City and the Conservatory in Morelia Mexico during tours of Mexico 2009, Fall 2014 (incudes TV and print media interviews); lecture at the University of Pittsburgh November 2011 Morton Feldman Retrospective Conference; lectured at Indiana University Latin American Music Center Conference October 2011; presented master classes and forums at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose June 2011; guest composer presentations at the Tribeca NYC New Music Festival June 2011; lectures at the Manhattan and Mannes School in NYC fall 2010 at NYU 2004 and 2008 and at Brooklyn College 2008; master classes and forums at the Cervantino Festival Mexico October 2007 and 2010 (including various media interviews); master classes and workshops at the International Contemporary Music Festival in Lima, Peru in November 2009 (including various media interviews); lectures and master classes at the National University in Zagreb, Croatia 2009 (includes TV and print media interviews); lectures at Brigham Young University 2008; lectures at the Hong Kong Baptist University 2007; lectures and workshops at the National Conservatory Santo Domingo DR 2007; lecture at the ISCM Festival Bucharest Romania 2006; guest composer presentations at the National Conservatory in San Salvador El Salvador 2005; pre concert lecture at the Colegio Nacional Mexico City 2004 (with media interviews), among others.

panelist and board membership

State of Florida, Composers Fellowships Review Panel Member, 1994, 2005, 2012, 2014; New Music USA Review Panel 2015; Arte y Clima Prize in Electroacoustic Music bringing awareness to environmental issues with music (sponsored by the Red Cross/Red Half Moon, Universidad Tres de Febrero Argentina, and a number of other environmental agencies) 2015; New Music USA grants panel 2015; International Composition Prize BBVA, Madrid, Spain jury member November 2011 and February 2012; Society for Electroacoustic Music (SEAMUS) selection jury 2014; Society of Composers Student Composers prize panel member 2008-09; XICOATL Composition Competition (sponsored by YAGE in Austria) cash awards to composers from Latin America panel member fall 2008; Advisory Board Noise Ensemble – New Music San Diego, June 2008 to present; Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Board of Trustees, May 2007 to 2011; Tigertail Productions board member 2015 to 2017; Cintas Foundation composer fellowships panel 2007 board member 2017 to present; Various NARAS/LARAS Latin and US Grammy panels, 2006 to present; Dominican Republic National Composition Prize panel member 2006; State of Florida Instrumental Music Panel member, grants to orchestras, etc, 2006; Rockefeller Foundation and Creative Capital Program MAP Fund panel 2005; Tigertail/Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, Artists Access Grants panel 2005 to 2017; Florida International University Provost’s Summer Research Grants panel 2003; Miami ISCM Section WMD, NODUS, New Music Miami review panel chair 2001 to present; Florida International University Academy for the Art of Teaching panel 1999 – 2005; Chamber Music America Commission Grants Panel 1999; College Music Society Student Composer awards panel (South Region) 1999; American Composers Forum Review Panel member, 1996 McKnight Fellowships; State of Florida, Music Organizations Review Panel Member, 1991 and 1992; International Young Composers Competition Panel, 1992, Caracas, Venezuela; Meet the Composer Readers Digest Consortium Commissions Review Panel, 1991 grants and Meet the Composer (SE Region) Review Panel Member 1988-1989, 1989-90, 1995-96 seasons.