Left-handed cellist Abner Jairo Ortiz García plays the Courante from Bach’s Cello Suite no.4 in E flat major.

Biography courtesy of City Music Foundation:

After winning First Prize at the 2014 National Cello Competition of Mexico and in April 2018, Jairo was chosen to be the second City Music Foundation Mexican International Scholar, a scheme run in partnership with Anglo Arts (part of The Anglo Mexican Foundation). Supported by both organisations, he made his London debut in June 2018.

His international experience includes performances at Young Euro Classic Festival (Berlin), Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena), Santa Catarina Music Festival (Brazil), TCU Cellofest (Texas), Piatigorsky International Cello Festival (Los Angeles), and SphinxConnect (Detroit). In August 2015, Jairo received the National Youth Award, the highest distinction offered by the Mexican Government to young Mexicans.

The award was given in recognition of his accomplishments as a cellist and for his work as Artistic Director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra “Silvestre Revueltas”. Born in Morelia (Mexico), Jairo began his playing career with the Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and the National Youth Symphony Orchestra. After attending the University of Michoacán, Jairo was awarded a full scholarship to study at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, USA).

He is currently completing a Master of Performance programme under the tutelage of Adam Liu (Assistant Principal Cellist of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). City Music Foundation recognises the importance of international experience in the development of young artists’ careers and are proud of the status of London in the musical world. The International Artist Programme, sponsored by Anglo Arts (part of The Anglo Mexican Foundation), gives CMF the chance to extend these opportunities and networks to a musician from outside Europe.

Video produced and commissioned by City Music Foundation.

  • Filmed by DH&Co
  • Director - Ian Dingle
  • Director of Photography - Mark Popple
  • Sound - John Rittipo-Moore
  • Camera Assistant - Tom Gimson

For more information about Abner Jairo Ortiz García and City Music Foundation, please visit www.citymusicfoundation.org