…applies a multidisciplinary approach to music: as an artist, as a teacher and as a bassoon luthier.
Irene Ortiz was born in 1985 in the city of Córdoba. Irene completed elementary and intermediate music studies at the “Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Córdoba” (Professional Music Conservatory of Córdoba) whilst simultaneously studying the bassoon between 2000 and 2005 with maestro Javier Aragó Muñoz, a soloist with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla. In 2001 Ms Ortiz was selected to study at the Academia de Estudios Orquestales of the Fundación Barenboim-Said with maestro Holger Strausse, principal bassoon with the Berlin’s Staatskapelle.
She completed her higher education with honours at the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco “MUSIKENE”, with maestros David Tomàs, Edurne Santos, Vicente Alario y Javier Aragó, after which she also completed a two-year Music Education and Performance master at the Universidad de Valencia.
Irene Ortiz has been a full member of the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) for 3 years, as well as the Orquesta Joven de Andalucía (OJA), the latter having granted her a scholarship to further her studies with maestro Asger Svendsen at the Academy of Music in Malmö (Sweden). Irene was also a reserve member of the Joven Orquesta Europea (EUYO) in 2006 and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in 2007, as well as the Joven Orquesta Gustav Mahler in 2008. She also formed part of the Joven Orquesta de la Sinfónica de Galicia and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, Vienna, as principal bassoon, with which she toured Europe’s main auditoriums. In 2004 she was selected as a member of the Academia de la Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and, in the same year, she was invited to the Academia de Música “Gustav Mahler” in Ferrara, with Professor Marco Postinguel. Irene Ortiz perfected her technique with maestros Klaus Thunemann, Marco Postinghel, Asger Svendsen, Dag Jensen, Pascal Gallois, Gustavo Núñez, David Chatterton, Ole Christian Dalt, etc
She learnt to repair and service the bassoon at B. Moosmann (Weiblingen) and J. Püchner (Nauheim), both in Germany.
Her professional activity as an performer includes collaborations with renowned symphonies – both at an national and international level – such as the Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie Bremen (Germany), the Musica Assoluta Ensemble of Hannover (Germany), the Orquestra de Cadaqués, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Orquesta de Radio y Televisión Española RTVE, the Orquesta de Córdoba, the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana – Les Arts, Camerata XXI, and the Orquesta de Cámara de Andalucía, among others.
Ms Ortiz plays regularly – and is a civil servant of – the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (2007-2008), the Orquestra Simfónica del Vallès (2010-2013) and Barcelona’s Orquesta del Teatre del Liceu (since 2011).
She is involved in many chamber music projects, such as those featuring renowned ensembles like “Moonwinds” and the contemporary music group “Zahir Ensemble” (Seville), to name a few.
She was founding member and formed part of the Barcelona Reed Quintet from 2010 to 2013, as well as the educational chamber music project “Ars Fagotto”.
From 2009 to 2012 she taught bassoon and an orchestral repertoire at the “Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears” in Palma de Mallorca.
In the summer of 2009 Irene participated in several chamber music concerts within the Festival Internacional “Instrumenta 2009”, in the city of Oaxaca (Mexico). In November 2009 Ms Ortiz was invited to play as a bassoon soloist in several chamber and symphony concerts at the Festival “España-Venezuela 2009”, which took place in Caracas, and she played with the Orquesta Teresa Carreño and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simon Bolívar, conducted by maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos