Ariel Sol (“Ari”) Bertulfo Schwartz is a human-centered composer and harpist currently studying at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. In his music, Ari aims to create community and unite listeners through person-oriented performance experiences. He thoroughly enjoys interdisciplinary work, drawing inspiration from storytelling, mathematics, linguistics, sociology, and current events. Ari is the composition student of P.Q. Phan, the harp student of Elzbieta Szmyt, and previously studied under former American Harp Society Vice President Lillian Lau. He composed his first piece, Shadows, at eight years old and was selected to perform it at Lyon & Healy on Harp Day 2009. Since then, Ari has won numerous scholarships and awards for his performances and compositions. His compositions and commissioned pieces, which include solo, chamber, and orchestral works in addition to incidental music for theatre and dance productions, have been performed in such places as the Peoria Civic Center, the Grant Park Music Festival’s Music in the Parks Series, St. Olaf College, and Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium. Ari was selected in 2017 as a Featured Young Composer of the American Harp Society, where he premiered his harp solo Starlight Variations. Additionally, his compositions have been recognized multiple times by the Illinois Music Education Association, including being awarded two 1st prizes in their 2018-2019 Composition Contest. Ari is also at home as a performer, being selected several times through the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Harp Society’s Scholarship Competition to perform as a soloist at Lyon & Healy. He has performed as the principal harpist with such ensembles as the Americas Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, and the Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra. For his commitment to and passion for music, Ari is the recipient of several scholarship awards, including the National School Orchestra Award, Carlos Baldoceda Memorial Music Award, and Oak Park Area Arts Council Fine Arts Scholarship. In his music, both performance and composition, Ari strives to dismantle the traditional accessibility barriers associated with classical music. Similarly, he aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on stage and within audiences.  

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