His work as a composer includes works in many genres: operas, ballets, symphonies, three concertos: for piano, for cello and for violin, sonatas for solo piano, for violin and for cello, cantatas, songs, other works written for various instrumental combinations, and lyrics and music for theatre.
Many cultural institutions of various countries have requested and commissioned his works. A number of those of them have been published, recorded and interpreted in Mexico and other countries, including Australia, Poland, France, Belgium, Spain, England, Germany, Hungry, USA, Argentina, Venezuela, Costa Rice, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Cuba, Canada, China and South Africa.
Ibarra has been internationally recognised and awarded many scholarships and grants including: Support Grant for Artistic Creators from El Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (1989-1990); Program for Residential Artistic Exchange, Mexico-United States and Mexico-Canada, Sistema Nacional de Creadores (1994-2000); and in 2001, he was named Creator Emeritus by the Sistema Nacional de Creadores. In 2001, he was awarded the highest recognition that the nation of Mexico gives to its creators: PREMIO NACIONAL DE CIENCIAS Y ARTES 2001.
His varied, vast and interesting creations have been recognized with the following awards and national diplomas: “Silvestre Revueltas”, “Lan Adomián”, “Nueva Música para Danza”, Unión Mexicana de Críticos de Teatro, Unión Nacional de Cronistas de Teatro y Música, Asociación PRO ÓPERA, “MEDALLA MOZART” (1991), the “PREMIO UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL” (1993), and academically, the ACADEMIA DE ARTES, PROFESOR EMERITO from UNAM. Internationally, he was awarded the Bronze Medal at the First International Competition for Musical Composition “Ciudad Ibagüé”, Colombia (1981) and was runner up for the “Jacinto e Inocencio Guerrero” prize at the Mejor Obra Lírica competition in Madrid, Spain (1991).