Juan Pablo Contreras
Juan Pablo Contreras (b. 1987 in Guadalajara, Mexico) is “one of the most prominent young composers of Latin America” (Milenio). His music “masterfully portrays the Mexican identity and is colorfully orchestrated, emotionally intense, and rhythmically vibrant” (El Informador).
Contreras’ music has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His works have been performed by major orchestras such as the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salta Symphony Orchestra, and the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra. His music has also been championed by the Onix Ensamble, the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, the Ensamble Tamayo, the Formalist Quartet, the SequenzaSUR, and the Inauthentica Ensemble.
Contreras has won awards and grants including the BMI William Schuman Prize, the Arturo Márquez First Composition Contest for Chamber Orchestra, the Brian M. Israel Prize, the Dutch Harp Composition Contest, the EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency, the Nicolas Flagello Award from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Mexican Endowment for the Arts and Culture Young Artist Fellowship. He has served as composer-in-residence at the Turtle Bay Music School and the Concerts on the Slope chamber music series in New York.
Contreras holds degrees in composition from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the California Institute of the Arts (B.F.A.). His most influential teachers include Nils Vigeland, Daniel Catán, and Richard Danielpour. Contreras’ music has been recorded on Epsa Music and Albany Records.