Mario Lavista (born April 3, 1943, Mexico City) is a Mexican composer and writer. He has had numerous pieces published, especially chamber music, but also incidental music for plays, film scores, orchestral pieces, and vocal music.
In 1982, he founded Pauta, one of the most important music journals in Latin America, and continues to serve as its chief editor. He has also published many essays, most of which are collected in Textos en torno a la musica. In 1987. he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his first (and only) opera Aura, based on the short story by Carlos Fuentes. Aura premiered in 1988 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
Lavista has taught at the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico City, University of Chicago, Cornell University, the University of California San Diego, Indiana University and McGill University.
In 1978 he won the Diosa de Plata from the Asociación de Periodistas y Críticos de Cine, and in 1991 the Premio Nacional de Artes y Ciencias and the Medalla Mozart.