Bio (240 words)
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 David Dzubay, the harp student of Elzbieta Szmyt, and previously studied under former American Harp Society Vice President Lillian Lau. His compositions and commissioned pieces 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. As both a performer and composer, Ari strives to dismantle traditional accessibility barriers and to diversify both the stage and the audience.