Bio (150 words)

Ariel Sol “Ari” Bertulfo Schwartz (2000) is at the cutting edge of musical arts as a composer, producer, and harpist. In his music, Ari aims to create community through person-oriented performance experiences. He thoroughly enjoys interdisciplinary work and strives to dismantle traditional accessibility barriers to diversify both the stage and audience. Ari studies at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana with professors Jeremy Podgursky (composition) and Elzbieta Szmyt (harp). His compositions and commissioned works have been performed in places including the Peoria Civic Center, the Grant Park Music Festival’s Music in the Parks Series, and Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium. 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. Through his synthesis of experiences and identities, Ari brings a genre-defying, multimedia approach to contemporary performance practices.